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Garcia: 300-plus facing UTT axe

An estimated 300-plus workers are being cut from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. While 57 academic staffers have so far received dismissal letters, an additional 287 non-academic staff members are also expected to be dismissed, Education Minister Anthony Garcia confirmed yesterday.

Garcia was replying to queries in the Senate from UNC Senator Wade Mark on UTT job cuts.

Garcia’s figures signalled an estimated total of 346 staffers will be losing jobs.

Cabinet calls on UTT to explain process by which lecturers were dismissed

Cabinet is calling on the management of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to explain to the public the process that was undertaken to arrive at the decision to dismiss staff.

A statement by the Ministry of Education says that while the Cabinet is aware and understands the need for this move, the UTT must be given the opportunity to fully elaborate on the process that was followed to the public.

The point was also made, that the letters of termination that have already been issued to academic staff members will stand as valid.

UTT shuts down SAPA campus

Grappling to deal with financial constraints, the University of T&T has now closed down its campus at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) in San Fernando.

Workers from Electro-sign Ltd were seen removing the UTT signs from the $350 million facility yesterday, built to develop and showcase indigenous cultural talent.

UTT president Sarim Al-Zubaidy did not respond to emails but board member Professor Clement Imbert confirmed the UTT SAPA campus was no more.

Three UTT Guild executives resign

Three of the four executive members of the University of Trinidad and Tobago's (UTT) Student's Guild have tendered their resignation citing a lack of consultation during the institution's restructuring.

Only the Vice-President remains.

The outgoing members say they are learning about their futures through the media and have requested meetings with the school's management from as far back as 2016.

We'll have more on this in tonight's newscast.

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