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Cabinet instructs UTT to explain dismissal criteria

Published: 
Friday, May 18, 2018

Cabinet has instructed the University of T&T to explain to the public the process that was undertaken to arrive at the decision to dismiss staff. This decision was taken after Education Minister Anthony Garcia met with his Cabinet colleague on the issue yesterday.

In a release, the ministry said: “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.”

It was also noted that all retrenchment letters that were distributed last Friday remain valid and on the matter of halting the issuing of the remaining termination letters, Cabinet said it has left it to the university to decide when it will continue with the process.

“The Ministry of Education has now sufficiently ventilated, mediated and addressed concerns of all parties involved and will be stepping out of the day to day involvement in this issue,” the release said.

Garcia indicated that “UTT is capable of handling this process and looks forward to the university strengthening its human resources while maintaining service excellence to its major stakeholder, the students.”

He said the ministry will continue to monitor the process to ensure that no student is adversely affected. 

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