Member of parliament (MP) for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak, who doubles as the deputy ranking member on the education committee has condemned the decision by the Ghana Institute of Journalism to direct students who paid late fees defer the academic year.
“Covid-19 has had its implications, for this reason even government is seeking the support of the citizens, so if the students have paid their fees and if they have not paid and they were allowed to register, prepared and are in the right frame of mind to write their exams, only for the management of the institution to tell them they should defer, I do not think it is fair.” Dr Apaak
He added that “I will say that, they should be allowed to write their exams and if and when there are conditions that will mandate the authorities to hold students accountable for non-payment of fees that can be done.”
Mr Apaak further called on management of GIJ to reconsider its decision.
Earlier, management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism said that all students who failed to pay their fees before the school’s registration deadline are to defer their courses, a decision they still stand-by despite students protest.
This follows a management directive held on Monday, March 22, 2021.
According to a statement issued by the institute on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, “All affected students are to take note of this directive and act accordingly.”
Mr Daniel Machator, who is in charge of Public Affairs at GIJ, said the decision was taken following the expiration of the grace period it gave to defaulting students to pay a some percentage of their fees.
He said the deadline for the payment of fees was extended for about three times but many students did not pay any seriousness to the notices of extension.
The last grace period for the payment of fees expired on February 25, 2021.