The Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) says examinations will proceed on Monday, December 3, dispelling fears that chaos that ensued at the school’s premises on Sunday will disrupt the process.
A statement released Monday by the premier journalism institution stated: “GIJ is open and will continue its end-of-semester examinations as scheduled from Monday, December 3”.
“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,” the release from the school’s Head of Public Affairs Office, Nana Akua Agyemang-Badu, added.
Trouble broke out on GIJ campus after some students were locked out and refused the chance to write their end of semester examinations for non-payment of fees.
It took the intervention of the police for the situation to be brought under control but not after the examinations were cancelled.
Below is a full statement from the GIJ:
GIJ Is Open and Proceeds with Exams
The Ghana Institute of Journalism wishes to assure all our students and the general public that GIJ is open and will continue its end-of-semester examinations as scheduled from Monday, December 3.
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.
Like in most universities, students are required to pay fees and register at the beginning of the semester to be able to participate in lectures and examinations. This academic year, Management offered students the opportunity to settle their fees by extending the period several times: from end of September to October, and finally to November 21, 2018.
For proper planning of university operations and administration, registration cannot be extended beyond November 21st. It has been the practice of GIJ — and still is — that first year students are required to pay a minimum of 80% of their fees in the first semester by a due date, while continuing students pay 60% of their fees. The remaining fees are paid in the second semester.
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.
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.
Nana Akua Agyemang-Badu
Head, Public Affairs Office
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