Management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism has stated that the school is “open and will continue its end-of-semester examinations as scheduled from Monday, December 3.”
Yesterday, management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has asked their internal security to lock the gates of the Institute as it sacks all students who were on the premises of the school following a protest by some students in solidarity with their colleagues who have been denied from writing their papers for failing to pay their fees in full.
Sunday’s protest led to the cancellation of two papers in the school’s first semester exams for level 400 and Masters students.
In a press release signed by the Head of Public Affairs, Madam Nana Akua Agyemang-Badu, the school stated that students who had duly registered their courses were eligible to take part in the exams.
“Students who have paid their fees and registered are eligible to take part in exams. These include students who faced challenges with registration online and were assisted by the Academic Affairs Department to register.” part of the statement reads.
The release further added that the students who paid the 60% part-payment of fees by the November 21 deadline but unable to register will also be allowed to sit for the exams.
“However, Management is still eager to consider any students who paid the required fees by the November 21st deadline and have been unable to register online for any reason.” they stated.
Below is the full statement from the Ghana Institute of Journalism
The Ghana Institute of Journalism wishes to assure all our students and the general public that GIJ is open and will continue its end-of-semester examinations as scheduled from Monday, December 3.
Students who have paid their fees and registered are eligible to take part in exams. These include students who faced challenges with registration online and were assisted by the Academic Affairs Department to register.
However, Management is still eager to consider any students who paid the required fees by the November 21st deadline and have been unable to register online for any reason.
Like in most universities, students are required to pay fees and register at the beginning of the semester to be able to participate in lectures and examinations. This academic year, Management offered students the opportunity to settle their fees by extending the period several times: from end of September, to October, and finally to November 21, 2018.
For proper planning of university operations and administration, registration cannot be extended beyond November 21st. It has been the practice of GIJ — and still is — that first year students are required to pay a minimum of 80% of their fees in the first semester by a due date, while continuing students pay 60% of their fees. The remaining fees are paid in the second semester.
On Sunday, December 2, the student protests and tense atmosphere on campus led Management to call in the police to maintain law and order, and the examinations scheduled for Sunday were suspended.
However, from Monday, December 3, the remaining examinations will come on as planned. Therefore, students who have paid their fees and are duly registered are required to take their examinations as scheduled on the Examination Timetable.
Any registered student who is eligible to write the examinations but fails to present him or herself for
the examinations does so at his or her own risk.
Nana Akua Agyemang-Badu
Head, Public Affairs Office
030-222-8336 or 026 950-177