UWI out of or­der for snub

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: I THINK it quite un­for­tu­nate that the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, would have penned such an ar­ro­gant, dis­mis­sive and rude let­ter to Par­lia­ment fol­low­ing the re­quest by the Public Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee to get an ac­count of how bil­lions of tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars are spent at the in­sti­tu­tion.

Uni­ver­sity regis­trar Wil­liam Iton’s pen­ning of such a let­ter to the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion brings into ques­tion the judge­ment of the vice-chan­cel­lor, who is the prin­ci­pal aca­demic and ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer of the uni­ver­sity. De­spite a quick apol­ogy from Vice-Chan­cel­lor Sir Hi­lary Beck­les, it is dis­turb­ing that such a crit­i­cal, yet ir­re­spon­si­ble let­ter could have gone out with­out the vicechan­cel­lor quickly pulling it back to avoid such tremen­dous public em­bar­rass­ment.

As a cit­i­zen who con­tin­ues to have re­spect for the uni­ver­sity and its ac­com­plish­ments, I do hope that the vice-chan­cel­lor treat this as a les­son in how he car­ries out his im­por­tant func­tions and en­sures that sim­i­lar em­bar­rass­ment does not oc­cur un­der his watch.

Many of us Ja­maicans are very scep­ti­cal in how our re­sources are be­ing used by in­sti­tu­tions like the UWI. AN­GELLA WIL­SON

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