GIJ students fume as school orders them to defer academic year for paying fees late

Students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) are angry over the directive management of the school gave students who paid their fees late.

The Ghana Institute of Journalism on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, ordered students who could not pay their school fees on time to defer their programme.

This directive is on the back of the school’s pending end of the first-semester examination which is scheduled to take place from March 29, 2021, to April 19, 2021.

The school in a press statement ordered the affected students to comply and act accordingly.

“Management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, at its meeting held on Monday, March 22, 2021, decided that students who paid their fees after the registration deadline should defer their programme,” the notice reads.

Unhappy with the directive, a member of the Interim Committee of the Students’ Representative Council, Theodore Mawutor Abiwu in an interview with citinewsroom.com described the order as “callous and insensitive”.

“I think this action by the management is a callous one. I think it is inhuman, and I think management has not been fair to students. These students in question have actually paid the fees they were required to, whether it is 60% or 100%. The only crime these students did is to be poor. Their only crime is the fact that they could not meet the deadline [for payment of fees] as proposed by the school. How can you punish a student who wants to change his destiny and that of his family?”

“For crying out loud, we live in the era of COVID-19 and businesses and livelihoods of people have been affected. Students who did not have the means to pay on time were out there seeking support, working themselves out to pay fees that have been increased. An increase we pleaded with authorities to take away because it is burdensome.

So if such a student was even late in paying the fees, the best thing was to block the system so that they will not even pay the fees in the first place so they know their fate beforehand. So why wait for students to make payments and then four days to examination, you send a communiqué that they should defer their programme for a year?

Some of these students are in level 400 and have about five months to complete the school, why do you want to alter their future because of late payment of fees?” he fumed.

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