An estimated 300-plus workers are being cut from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).

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 on Monday.

Garcia was replying to queries in the Senate from United National Congress (UNC) Senator Wade Mark on UTT job cuts.

Garcia’s figures signalled an estimated total of 346 staffers will be losing jobs.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, Garcia said, “Information from UTT states 59 academic staff are to be dismissed, 57 of which already received dismissal letters. In addition, 287 non-academic staff are expected to be dismissed. Discussions are still ongoing between the Oilfield Workers’ Trade union (OWTU) and the UTT”.

Mark expressed concern at the impact retrenchment of 300-plus workers would have on UTT’s quality of education.

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