The Member of Parliament for Builsa South Dr. Clement Apaak has urged the management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism to consider an option of retrieving fees from the students.
According to the deputy ranking Member of Parliament on Parliaments Education Committee, the student’s excuse of the COVID-19 pandemic being the reason for the delay in paying the fees is justifiable.
“We all know the impact of COVID-19 on our Ghanaian economy and the global economy. We know how parents have lost jobs and sold assets. If the students registered late or have not been able to register, and they are making the case that it is as a result of COVID, I don’t think anyone should doubt them.”
“The institution should extend its magnanimity to the students because these are students who are not going to disappear from the surface of the earth, allow them to write the exams. They have prepared and are in the right frame of mind [to write the exams] in spite of all these socio-economic challenges that COVID-19 had brought upon them. [Allow them to write the exams] then after that, those who are completing will surely come to graduate. They will come for their certificate and whatever amount they owe the school, clearly you will ask them to pay before they get their certificate. Those who are continuing students would have to come again and register for the next semester so why can that not be the way to address the situation under these very trying times which has not been wished by any Ghanaian let alone a student.”
The Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) in a notice earlier this week gave a directive for all students who paid their fees after the deadline for registration to defer the academic year. Meanwhile, some agitated students arrived on campus to meet with management on their decision but they were denied access into the facility. The said directive came in yesterday evening as students have only a few days before their examination begins on Monday, March 29.
Giving specifications to the various changes on the deadlines, a concerned student asserted that, the first change was made on December 2020 to 8th January 2021 while the second was from 8th January to 25th February 2021 and this information was published on 5th February 2021.
According to the student body, they find the said directive “preposterous” and are therefore deciding to send a petition to the management body today 24th March 2021, inclusive with names of affected students.