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Salaries and conditions of academics in state universities in the country will be reviewed. The review will be carried out by the academics salaries and review committee.

 

It comes after growing concern over the exodus of national and expatriate academics at the four state universities.

The Salaries and review team will be led by Michael Pearson.

 

They are tasked to carry out an extensive review of local salaries and conditions, including salary packaging.

 

They already started last year, and are expected to present their report to the Minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology, Delilah Gore, by the end of this month.

 

Mrs. Gore says the high turnover of academics at the four state Universities is harming the quality of student learning.

 

In recent years, the universities were not able to retain many of their academics, nor was it attracting new ones due to poor salaries and conditions.

 

Statistics from the Office of Higher Education show that student numbers have increased by 110 %, while academic staff numbers was 23 %.

 

It is hoped the review will effectively address this.

 

Over the years, the commission for higher education, mandated under the Higher Education Act Section 23, to make recommendation to Salaries and conditions Monitoring Committee on the salaries and conditions of teachers in declared institutions was unable to meet these requirements.

 

Minister Gore yesterday advanced the standing of this committee to perform their mandated task.

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