Calm returns to GIJ …students given another opportunity to register for exams

Some students preparing for the next paper

Some students preparing for the next paper

Contrary to reports yesterday that the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has been closed down, the school is open and examinations are ongoing.

The Ghanaian Times, among other media houses, reported that the school had been closed down temporarily due to a demonstration by some students who were denied access to write the ongoing end of first semester examinations.

The school also denied that the school had been closed down.

Top-up and master’s students, numbering more than 200 , were on Sunday  denied access to write the examination because they failed to pay the required amount of their fees to enable them register.

They massed up on campus to register their displeasure and were dispersed by the police before the agitation could assume an unforeseen dimension.

However, a communiqué issued yesterday after a meeting between management and the leadership of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) said a consensus had been reached.

They resolved that the online registration platform would be opened for three-days, from yesterday, December 3, to tomorrow December 5, to allow students to pay the required amount to enable them register.

Fresh students are to pay 80 per cent of their fees in the first semester and the remainder in the second semester whilst continuing students and the graduate students were required to pay 60 per cent and 70 per cent respectively of the fees for the first semester and the remainder for second semester.

According to the communiqué, students who missed the opportunity to write the examination, due to their inability to meet the fee requirement would be allowed to register and write the examination if they paid the required amount and registered within the rescheduled deadline.

Students on the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET FUND) and other institutional scholarships would be permitted to register and write if they provided official letters from the various institutions.

More so the papers that were scheduled for Sunday, for the undergraduate and graduate students had been postponed to Sunday, December 16, 2018 and Sunday December 23, 2018 respectively.

The communiqué cautioned that students who failed to pay the required percentage of the fees within the scheduled deadline would not be able to register hence, would not be recognised as students of the institute.

The retake policy introduced by management, it clarified, was to take effect from the next academic year and not this year as misunderstood by students.

“Students are to take advantage of the intervention and duly register”, it said.

When the Ghanaian Times visited the campus yesterday, some students were writing a paper while others had gathered in groups preparing for the subsequent papers.

Some affected students were on campus to resolve challenges with the registration.

A police patrol team had pitched camp directly opposite the institute’s main entrance to avert another demonstration.

BY JONATHAN DONKOR

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