The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) says the directive asking students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism to defer their programmes over late payment of fees is ‘overly harsh’ and does not serve the supreme interests of the students.
The Union wants school management to rescind the decision to “give affected students the opportunity to continue with the academic year’s activities.”
The “defer your programme” directive
Management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has directed students who paid their fees after the period of academic registration to defer their programmes.
The directive has not reached the students well.
The students have described the decision as insensitive, especially, after they had to come into terms with about 5% increase in academic fees amidst the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, students of the Institute staged a demonstration at the school’s premises to protest the directive.
NUGS postpones press conference
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has postponed its scheduled press conference which was slated for today to address the subject matter until after the conclusion of a meeting with GIJ management later today.
The meeting will constitute leadership of NUGS, the Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS), and representatives of the local secretariat of Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG).
This essence of the meeting is to “press forth our demand that students affected by this directive be allowed to write their exams and complete the academic year since they have paid their fees.”
“NUGS urges students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism to remain calm while the Union engages with the management of the school to get this decision rescinded,” a statement dated March 25, 2021 and signed by the Union’s General Secretary, Divine Edem Kwadzodeh said.
The last time students of the Institute staged a protest was in December 2018.
It was in response to a decision by the management of the institute to prevent students who failed to pay school fees on time to write end of first semester examinations.
It took an intervention by personnel from the Ghana Police Service to calm the students down.
Story by: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com