General News of Monday, 3 December 2018
Management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism says the school is open and will continue with its examination schedule as planned today, Monday December 3, 2018 despite several protests that led to a temporal closure of the school on Sunday.
According to management, “Any registered student who is eligible to write the examinations but fails to present him or herself for the examinations does so at his or her own risk.”
A statement signed by Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Institute of Journalism says students who have paid their fees and registered are eligible to take part in the examinations on Monday. The statement also touches on the concerns of some students of the institution who paid their fees yet were unable to register and proceed with writing the said examinations.
Portions of the statement reads; “Students who have paid their fees and registered are eligible to take part in exams. These include students who faced challenges with registration online and were assisted by the Academic Affairs Department to register. However, Management is still eager to consider any students who paid the required fees by the November 21st deadline and have been unable to register online for any reason.”
It adds, “On Sunday, December 2, the student protests and tense atmosphere on campus led Management to call in the police to maintain law and order, and the examinations scheduled for Sunday were suspended. However, from Monday, December 3, the remaining examinations will come on as planned. Therefore, students who have paid their fees and are duly registered are required to take their examinations as scheduled on the Examination Timetable.”
Read the full statement by management of the GIJ on the chaos associated with the e-registration process and the resumption of examination on Monday, December 3, 2018.
The Ghana Institute of Journalism was closed down on Sunday after persistent complaints and demonstrations by a number of students over their inability to write their end of semester examinations.
While some students failed to pay the required fees and subsequently register in order to sit the end of semester exams, scores more who paid their fees yet were unable to register due to a problem with the school’s registration portal at the time of their payments were also prevented from taking part in the examinations.
The angry students took over the school amid noise, drumming and chants in protest of the decision by the school’s management. Authorities had to call in the police in a bid to restore calm.
The intensity of the protests however compelled the authorities to temporarily shut down the school and cancel scheduled examinations for the day.