PPP to continue firing more University of Guyana people that they feel are a threat to them
UG Registrar could be next on the firing line
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
The University of Guyana’s Council decision for the position of Registrar to be advertised is being viewed with suspicion in some quarters as a move to get rid of incumbent, Vincent Alexander.
Well-placed sources note that the employment contracts of the Director of the Berbice Campus, Prof Daizal Samad and the Bursar, John Seeram were renewed last year although the positions had not been advertised.
Alexander’s contract is due to expire in April and the Council has decided that the post of Registrar should be advertised in another two weeks. He is free to apply.
Concerns have been already raised at the level of the Council about Alexander’s approach to his work- a signal, the source said, that the council might be setting the stage to find a replacement.
Alexander’s name was recently in the spotlight as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioner who ensured that accurate results of the November 28 general elections were delivered. An earlier tally had given the governing party a one-seat majority which it subsequently lost when Alexander uncovered the error.
Similarly, the source told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) that Political Scientist, Freddie Kissoon’s contract has been terminated because of concerns about the quality of his work and alleged inappropriate classroom conduct. Kissoon has insisted that he is qualified, competent and conducted the requisite research.
Kissoon has been a strident critic of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration in his Kaieteur News newspaper columns and on the election campaign trail for the Alliance For Change (AFC). A libel case brought by then President Bharrat Jagdeo against Kissoon had also provided some unfavourable political fodder in the run-up to the polls.
Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com ) was told Vice Chancellor, Lawrence Carrington had made out a case for Alexander’s contract to be renewed but that was rejected by the council. Chancellor, Professor Compton Bourne, the sources said, disagreed and insisted that his support for contract renewal be recorded.
Vice Chancellor Carrington has also notified the council that he would not be seeking a renewal of his contract but would be willing to stay on until a replacement is found.
The Council, however, rejected Carrington’s offer and said that Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Marilyn Cox should act as Vice Chancellor.