The Ghana Institute of journalism(GIJ) have denyed students access to the Osu-Ringway and Dzorwulu campuses after students planned a demonstration in line with deferment directive.
The decision according to security officers on duty said it is an “an order from above” and it can’t be disrespected.
The management of GIJ on Tuesday Mach 23, 2021, issued a communiqué ordering students “who paid their fees after the registration deadline should defer their programme.”
The management and the Dean of Students says it will not comment on the issue “until further notice.”
However lecturers are being allowed on both campus.
Students of GIJ says they are unhappy with the directive given them to defer their programme for paying their fees the after the registration deadline.
A member of the Interim Committee of the Students’ Representative Council, Theodore Mawutor Abiwu in an interview on Citi TV portrayed 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 for 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 said.