Following a crunch meeting between the Students Representative Council of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, GIJ Graduate Students Association of Ghana and school management, the three have made amends and an agreement has been reached.
The meeting was aimed at addressing the grievances of the students who were disallowed from partaking in the end of semester examination.
On Sunday, some students of the Institute staged what they describe as a “silent protest” against school management in solidarity with their colleagues who have been denied from writing their papers for failing to pay their fees in full.
The students, numbering over a hundred, arrived in school clad in Red and Black.
The non-violent protest led to the cancellation of two papers in the school’s first semester exams for level 400 and Masters students.
After the meeting, the three agreed on the following:
• Management will open the online registration platform again for students to pay the required amount and to enable them to register. This window is for a period of three days with effect from Monday 3rd December, 2018 to midnight Wednesday 5th December, 2018.
• Those who missed the opportunity to register because they failed to meet the fee requirements will only be allowed to write the exams if they pay the required amount and have duly registered within the rescheduled deadline of Wednesday December 5th, 2018.
• Students who are on GETFund scholarship and other institutional scholarships that pay directly to the institute will be allowed to register and write the remaining examinations on production of official letter from GETFund and the institutions concerned accordingly.
• The papers that were scheduled on Sunday, December 2, 2018, for the undergraduate students will now be written on Sunday, December 16, 2018 and that of the graduate students on Sunday, December 23, 2018.
• Students should take note that those who fail to pay the required percentage of fees cannot register, and as such will not be recognized as students of the Institute. New students were and are required to pay 80% of the fees in the first semester and the remainder in the second semester whilst all continuing students were and are required to pay a minimum of 60% in the first semester and the remainder in the second semester.
• The graduate students were and are required to pay a minimum of 70% in the first semester and the remainder in the second semester.
• It must be emphasized that the retake policy that Management is introducing is to take effect from next academic year i.e. 2019/2020 and not this semester as is being portrayed.
• Students are hereby encouraged to take advantage of this intervention and duly register for their examinations which continues as scheduled by the timetable.
• Meanwhile, the media reportage claiming that there is a policy that requires students to make full payment before registering is inaccurate and should be discarded.
Any students who encounter any challenges with the online registration should contact the Academic Affairs in the case of undergraduate and the Graduate Secretariat for graduate students accordingly.