GIJ pardons students directed to defer academic year over late payment of fees

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The management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has pardoned some 100 students who were earlier asked to defer their courses to next years for failing to pay their fees on time.

“Management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism 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,” the school said in a statement.

According to management of GIJ, the decision was taken on Thursday, March 25, 2021, following a petition received from student leaders who also rendered an unqualified apology on behalf of their colleagues student body.

“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 utilize the institution’s processes in resolving their issues to enable them to register.”

The Management of GIJ had earlier asked some students to defer their courses to next years because of lateness in fees payment, leading to some student agitation due to what they described as “unfair treatment” to their colleague.

The school said it had to shift deadline for payment four times just to make it possible for students to pay their fees but still the affected students did not pay, and that was threatening to derail the academic program, hence the decision to make them defer

But a student leader told journalists efforts by the affected students to raise funds to pay their fees were affected by Covid-19 hence the delay.

He was worried that the school waited for them to finally pay before asking that to defer their courses, which is “callous and inhuman.”

The students therefore picketed the school premises, leading to consultation with management, a subsequent apology for the students and the pardon.

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