Female enrolment in GIJ outgrows male admissions

By
D. I. Laary, GNA

Accra, Sept 18, GNA
– Female student population in Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) grew 14 per
cent more over the number of male students admitted to pursue various
programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year, the Rector said on Saturday.

“Our total student
population for the 2016/2017 academic year stands at 4,000 with males
constituting 43 per cent compared with 57 per cent being females,” Dr
Wilberforce Sefakor Dzisah said as he addressed a large crowd gathered to
witness the graduation of 690 students in diploma and degree programmes.

“This figure is an
improvement on the 2015/2016 student population which stood at 3,232 students.

“Successive
governments have been working over the years to bridge a yarning gap in gender
enrolment disparity in higher education in the country to meet global goals.

“The country’s
premier media educator successes come barely four months when the Ministry of
Gender, Children and Social Protection signed a deal April this year with
Campaign for Female Education Ghana, to advance the course of girl’s education
and women empowerment.

“For today’s
congregation ceremony, we are graduating a total of 690 students, out of this
number, 230 are from the diploma level.

“In the degree
category, we have a total of 460 students,” he said.

Dr Dzisah announced
that 20 of the students obtained first class honours, 242 had second class
upper division, 170 got second class lower division while 29 of the graduates managed
with third class.

“Clearly, this is a
marked improvement over last year’s performance.”

“The overall
comments on both the journalism and public relations programmes which were
examined by our eternal examiners testify to my assertion,” he said.

Dr Dzisah quoted the
external examiners assessment of the institute’s programmes and performance of
students as: “Having gone through the documents related to the Bachelor of Arts
in communication studies for journalism and public relations programmes our overall
assessment is that the programmes are well-designed and the courses are
satisfactorily managed.”

“The programmes and
the courses compares fairly well with other similar courses elsewhere. The
programmes fully equip the students with knowledge and skills necessary for the
profession of journalism and public relations and other related areas.”

“On the overall, the
standard of dissertations are very good.”

Special awards were
given to outstanding students in both diploma and degree programmes as well as
in top-up courses.

GNA

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