Classes for the academic year 2013/2014 began today; but some members of the University of Guyana faculty are of the view that the institution is not ready for the semester.
This assertion was made by President of the University’s Senior Staff Association, Dr Patsy Francis.
In an invited comment on the state of Guyana’s premiere institution of higher learning, Dr Francis says expectations have not been met and very little work was done to prepare the infrastructure for the new academic year.
Today, it was observed that some washroom facilities were still undergoing repairs. However, despite this hundreds of students were seen on campus for the first day of classes.
Dr Francis was also asked for an update on the senior staff’s recent resort to industrial action and the threat of legal recourse for unpaid deductions, to which she says a general meeting is planned for this week to determine the way forward.
However, she notes that legal action has not been ruled out. She also laments the treatment of staff which she notes has reached to a level of bullyism from the University’s Senior Admin personnel. [Delicia Fletcher]