Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo has announced an increase in the admission standards of the Institute.
In his view, the increase in the admission standards will ensure that only students who have the “greatest possibility of succeeding in the school are admitted.
Professor Kwansah-Aidoo added that the move will increase the school’s “pool of quality and qualified students” as well as increase the success rate of the school’s alumni.
“We’ll raise our admission standards so as to recruit those students who have the greatest possibility of succeeding at GIJ” he announced
“We shall become more aggressive in our recruitment efforts not only to increase our pool of quality and qualified students but also to increase the success of our students and alumni population” Professor Kwansah-Aidoo added.
The Rector maintained that the Institute would be committed to recruiting the best students so that the Institute can churn out students at a progressively higher rate.
“…in doing so, we commit to recruit the very best. Our success will now be judged on our ability to retain and graduate students at a progressively higher rate” he stressed.
Information available on the school’s website indicate that prospect undergraduate applicants to the school, possessing WASSCE certificates, must possess passes (A1-C6) in six (6) subjects comprising three (3) core subjects, including English, Mathematics and three (3) elective subjects with an overall aggregate of 36 or better.
However, in some other institutions, undergraduate applicants must have at least credits (A1 – C6 in WASSCE and A – D in SSSCE) in English, Core Mathematics and Integrated Science (for Science related programmes) or Social Studies (for non-Science related programmes) and three elective subjects in Science for applicants applying to Science or Agriculture related disciplines or three elective subjects in General Arts/Business for applicants applying to non-Science related disciplines, with the total aggregate not exceeding 24.
Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo was speaking at his investiture and induction ceremony held at the forecourt of the Institute in Accra on Friday.
The ceremony officially certifies his position as the 16th Rector of the Institute since its establishment in 1959.
He succeeds Dr. Wilberforce Dzisah who had his appointment terminated earlier this year based on a decision reached by the governing council of the Institute.
Professor Kwansah-Aidoo is expected to provide leadership in achieving the strategic objectives as well as the mission and vision of the Institute with the aim of promoting academic and professional excellence
Until his appointment in August as the Rector of the Institute, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo was a professor of Public Relations and Marketing at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.