GIJ students threaten demo over defer directive for late payment of fees

GIJ students threaten demo over defer directive for late payment of fees

Students at the Ghana Institute of Journalism have threatened to unleash their wrath if the management of the school fails to reverse a decision asking students who defaulted in their payment of fees to defer their courses.

Authorities at the Ghana Institute of Journalism on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, ordered students who could not pay their school fees before the deadline to defer their programme.

The directive comes five days before the 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 read.

Irate students described the move as insensitive and very despicable adding that the school should have rejected the move if they knew they were going to ask them to defer their courses.

“How can you as undergraduate students to defer their courses for late payment of fees in this era of Covid when parents are already struggling to survive. At least they should be a little bit human and feel the pain of parents in this era,” one of the students said.

The premier communication institution ahead of the 2020/2021 academic year, increased the fees to be paid by students by 5%.

Per the new fee schedule, regular students pursuing the Institute’s Bachelor in Communication Studies programme pay GH¢2,520.00 whilst those pursuing a Diploma in Communication Studies (Regular and Weekend) will have to pay GH¢2,310.00 as academic fees.

For level 300 Top-up fresh students (Weekend), their new academic fee is now GH¢3,100 whereas their colleagues in level 400 will have to pay GH¢2,730.00

The fee for the first-year Diploma in Communication Studies (evening) students is now GH¢2,660.00 whilst their colleagues in the weekend class will pay GH¢2,900.00.