Amnesty Granted To Affected Students Of The Ghanaian Institute Of Journalism

Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo

The management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), has granted students who paid their fees after the deadline to register and others who were not able to pay their fees to take the opportunity to pay and register before April 6, 2021.

According to the Management, they have listened to students' concern and accepted the apology rendered by students in good faith.

Leadership, therefore, grants a general amnesty to all students to complete their registration. Affected students should immediately produce their receipts at the Academic Affairs registry to complete the registration processes.

This opportunity to register shall expire in five (5) working days from March 25 to April 1, 2021. Any student who has a special case should contact the Registrar's office to avail themselves of any opportunities available for students with exceptional circumstances.

The concerned students of the institute on Wednesday, March 24, sought justice by demonstrating without violence at the OSU campus from morning to afternoon.

The concerned students, were prevented from entering the school premises, fearing they will destroy properties.

They, however, massed up in the middle of the road, obstructing vehicular and human movement.

The authority of the institute, called in the police to maintain law and order.

The president of the Alumini of the institute, addressing the students, told them to be calm and assured them of good news, hopeful at a meeting that was in the process then.

Though the leadership of the concerned students committee, were called for a meeting at the new site in North Dzorwulu, their phones were ceased by the police upon arrival.

The pleas and cries of the students, drew the attention of media, which took up the issues and cautioned management of their overly harsh decision.

According to the communiqué released by the Rector Prof. Kwamena Kwansah Aidoo, he said "1. Management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has magnanimously granted all students who failed to register for the first semester of the 2020/2021 Academic Year an opportunity to register and write their end of semester exams instead of deferring their programmes. Management took this decision today, Wednesday 25 March 2021,based on a petition received from student leaders yesterday and the engagement with the said students who rendered an unqualified apology on behalf of demonstrating students who had issued threats, untruths and insults against Management.

2. We wish to place on record that Management had consistently engaged with students about payment of fees and registration since 2018, when students embarked on a demonstration on a similar issue. Since then, Management has continually served notices to students and extended registration deadlines with no penalty and provided opportunities for students with difficulties to utilise the institution's processes in resolving their issues to enable them register"

Meanwhile, students have always being paying penalty which rendered his critique not truthful.

They there entreat the students to take notice of the measures to be effective from next academic year. "We, therefore, wish to remind students and all other stakeholders that GIJ is granting this amnesty to students for the last time. The Institute shall religiously enforce its registration policies at the beginning of the next academic year. Students who have difficulties in registering for financial or other reasons should approach the Institute and enter suitable arrangements in line with its policies to help build a culture of respect for academic integrity, policies and procedures and the overall sustainability of GIJ. We entreat all affected students to take advantage of this amnesty"

Source: Blessing Kesinornu, GIJ Level 400.