Thursday, February 9, 2012

UG administration’s indolence and indulgence to be blamed for reckless actions on campus

Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS) Dr. Roger Luncheon yesterday described what he termed the “spectacle on the University of Guyana campus” as unbelievable.
Dr. Luncheon at his weekly post-Cabinet media briefing at the Office of the President in referring to the ongoing actions at the University attributed this to indolence and indulgence on the part of the institution’s administration.
He noted that the members of the UG Council had refrained from speaking about the Freddie Kissoon issue in adherence to the principle of confidentiality governing appointment committee meetings since they believed that the UG administration would have acted.
This failure to act in the face of misinformation and lies, the HPS stated, has led to the view that the UG administration is lacking in resolve to address the behaviour of the ‘extremists’ and in light of this, the Government believes that a more appropriate and forceful reaction by the University administration was and remains clearly needed and anticipated.
The University’s administration’s indolence has emboldened certain elements to seize the opportunity to promote actions on the campus.
“The descent into recklessness by the very elements at the University of Guyana …it is astonishing,” he said.
At a previous press briefing Dr. Luncheon had stated that the lack of aggression by the UG administration in dealing with the issue has allowed the matter to be “hijacked by partisan interests” and blown into a veritable protest action.
Kissoon who passed the age of retirement had his contract terminated in January after failing to meet the university policy with regards to retention of academic staff which is based on
having a healthy academic record with research and publications reviewed by academic peers and face a competitive process with other applicants.
The 14-member Council did not support his retention hence the termination of his contract.

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