President of the University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS), Jason Benjamin, has pleaded with Government officials to adopt a laissez faire attitude in the internal workings of the University of Guyana, because political decisions are stymieing the development of that institution. Benjamin issued this plea at the installation ceremony for recently elected executives of the UGSS, in the Education Lecture Theatre, UG Campus, Turkeyen, on Wednesday evening.
He noted that the dysfunctional state of the UG is due to consistent political interference. He said that such intrusions create a climate of fear that eventually prevents the University from functioning like normal tertiary institutions.
“UG should be an autonomous body, independent of Government interference,” Benjamin said. He noted that decisions arising out of such intervention are not in the best interest of the University and end up hurting the students. Benjamin then issued a call to students of the institution.
“On behalf of the UGSS, I wish to call on you all to demand better accountability as we continue to effect positive changes for the betterment of this institution,” the UGSS President said. “We are the custodians of this premiere institution, as without us there is no University,” he reminded the students.
Benjamin said that he recognized the enormity of the job ahead, and he beseeched the support of all stakeholders.
“There will be new challenges, but I promise you that we will confront them together and accomplish new and greater levels of success with each passing day,” he assured the students.
Benjamin also juxtaposed the achievements of trade unionist Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow as a necessary input to the emancipation of the workers, saying that this level of courage had eventually reaped enormous benefits. “As the President of the UGSS, I wish to inform you that we are the proud leaders of today, whose seeds were planted yesterday and have begun to fertilize today,” Benjamin said.
He outlined the many achievements of his group, some of which have seen improvements at the University. Among these achievements are the decision taken by the UG administration to waive the payment of tuition fees for Presidents of the UGSS in any year in which he/she serves in that capacity, group accident insurance for all registered students, restructuring of the UG Registry to accommodate online registration, and the refurbishment of the school’s cafeteria, among other initiatives.
The entire UGSS executive was returned en bloc after nomination day passed with no other aspirant seeking election to the various posts.
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