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UTT president: I have no say in retrenchment
President of the University of T&T Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy said he has no other motive but making the university sustainable for decades to come.
He said, “I act on the interest of UTT alone because by doing that you are looking at country and students.
Al- Zubaidy spoke with the media after employees staged a lunch time protest against retrenchment of UTT employees. The protest was held on the compound of UTT O’ Meara, Arima Campus yesterday.
He added, “I want to increase UTT International markings. UTT is a pride of the nation and it should be the pride of the nation.”
Al-Zubaidy also dismissed claims made against him about his part in the retrenchment process.
Al-Zubaidy said he assumed his position in August 2017 and it was not his decision to retrench, rather a UTT Board decision.
“Everybody wants better facilities better learning support, but cannot adjust to changes.” He said.
He said the university had a cost overrun of over TT $6 million as they only received TT$10 million while expenditure amounted to TT$16.7 million.
He denied claims that he collected a $240,000 salary per month.
“In fact “I collect 1/3 of the amount,” he said.
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