Shootout at UTT

Examinations had to be delayed at the University of T&T on Wednesday morning after gunshots ricocheted outside the campus at Tarouba during a police manhunt for three suspected robbers.

The suspects were flushed out of the tall bushes near the campus around 9 am, as the students prepared to sit the end of term examinations.

Police said the two men and a woman were being tracked after they robbed a Penal family.

They escaped in a black Ford Ranger but following a tip-off, and All Points Bulletin was despatched for officers to be on the lookout for the van.

UTT launches investigation into "cussing" teacher

The University of Trinidad and Tobago has launched an investigation into the classroom conduct of one of its lecturers after a video was posted on social media showing the teacher using obscene language to scold the class.

This was confirmed by Education Minister Anthony Garcia who expressed disappointment saying that while he understands the frustration that comes with the job, it does not excuse that type of conduct.

Minister Garcia said teachers are example setters for future generations and that behaviour cannot be tolerated.

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.