Continuing students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism have been asked to disregard the October 9 deadline given for the payment of their 2020/2021 academic fees.
The school, after opening the students portal for students to register their courses for the next academic year fixed October 9 as the deadline for the regular period of registration.
At GIJ, continuing students are to pay at least 60% of their academic user fees as well as Students Representative Council (SRC) or GRASAG dues before they can register their first semester courses.
Some students protested the October 9 deadline as it was still unclear when academic activity was going to resume and school authorities had upwardly reviewed academic fees.
A Wednesday October 17th statement signed by the SRC General Secretary, Patrick Nambe, clarified that the deadline is rather for newly admitted students.
“On the issue of the deadline for fee payment, Rector has explained that there has not been any official communication to continuing students concerning the deadline for fee payment. According to him, October 9, 2020 is the deadline for freshmen and not continuing students. Continuing students should therefore disregard October 9, 2020 as the deadline for fee payment,” part of the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the SRC says that they are yet to get a concrete response from school authorities regarding a petition over the increment of fees.
In the statement, the SRC mentioned that the Rector of the Institute has acknowledged their petition but says that a meeting will be held on the matter and feedback given the SRC.
“The Students’ Representative Council acknowledges students’ fight for the reduction of the Facility User Fees which has been increased by 5%. We are in full support of this move as we have already petitioned Management on the matter. Prior to the upsurge of the issue on Social Media, several calls were placed to Management for feedback on our petition. Rector has acknowledged receipt of our petition with assurances that all bodies responsible will meet on the matter and revert to us,”
Students of the school are protesting an increment in their academic fees for the 2020/2021 academic year.
According to these students, the increment comes at the wrong time as their families are yet to recover from the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on their finances.