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E-registration saga: GIJ gives students 3-day grace period

Students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism who could not register online for their end of semester examinations have been given a three-day grace period to fulfil their fees obligation to enable them register.

Both fresh and continuing students have being given up to December 5, 2018 to settle the required 80% and 60 percent of their fees respectively to earn them entry into the premises for their papers.

This decision was taken by management of the Institute, following a crunch meeting with the Students Representative Council (SRC) and Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG).

The meeting comes after a standoff between students and management over e-registration which lead to a temporary shutdown of the school Sunday.

Scores of students embarked on a protest against authorities for denying them access to write the end of semester exams over the online registration.

Some of the affected students said though they had paid their fees and registered manually, they were not allowed to write their papers.

A statement available to www.newswiregh.com after the meeting between management and student leadership reveals the reopening of the online registration platform takes effect from Monday, December 3, 2018 to midnight of December 5, 2018.

“Those who missed the opportunity to register because they failed to meet the fee requirements will only be allowed to write the exams if they pay the required amount and have duly registered within the rescheduled deadline of Wednesday December 5th, 2018,” the communique suggests.

Students have been advised to take note of their rescheduled papers and be available to write the exams on the new dates.

“The papers that were scheduled on Sunday, December 2, 2018, for the undergraduate students will now be written on Sunday, December 16, 2018 and that of the graduate students on Sunday, December 23, 2018,” the statement jointly signed by the Rector and the SRC President disclosed.

Meanwhile, according to management, students who fail to pay the required percentage of fees will not be permitted to register, and as such will not be recognized as students of the Institute.

For Immediate Release: December 3, 2018

COMMUNIQUE FROM MANAGEMENT AND STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Following the student protests and tense atmosphere on campus that led Management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism to reschedule the examinations of December 2, 2018, Management in a meeting with the leadership of the Students Representative Council (SRC) and Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) made the following resolutions:

Management will open the online registration platform again for students to pay the required amount and to enable them to register. This window is for a period of three days with effect from Monday, 3 December, 2018 to midnight Wednesday 5 December, 2018.

Those who missed the opportunity to register because they failed to meet the fee requirements will only be allowed to write the exams if they pay the required amount and have duly registered within the rescheduled deadline of Wednesday December 5th, 2018.

Students who are on GETFund scholarship and other institutional scholarships that pay directly to the institute will be allowed to register and write the remaining examinations on production of official letter from GETFund and the institutions concerned accordingly.

The papers that were scheduled on Sunday, December 2, 2018, for the undergraduate students will now be written on Sunday, December 16, 2018 and that of the graduate students on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

Students should take note that those who fail to pay the required percentage of fees cannot register, and as such will not be recognized as students of the Institute. New students were and are required to pay 80% of the fees in the first semester and the remainder in the second semester whilst all continuing students were and are required to pay a minimum of 60% in the first semester and the remainder in the second semester.

The graduate students were and are required to pay a minimum of 70% in the first semester and the remainder in the second semester.

It must be emphasized that the retake policy that Management is introducing is to take effect from next academic year i.e. 2019/2020 and not this semester as is being portrayed.

Students are hereby encouraged to take advantage of this intervention and duly register for their examinations which continues as scheduled by the timetable.

Meanwhile, the media reportage claiming that there is a policy that requires students to make full payment before registering is inaccurate and should be discarded.

Any students who encounter any challenges with the online registration should contact the Academic Affairs in the case of undergraduate and the Graduate Secretariat for graduate students accordingly.

Signed:

Rector                                                                         SRC President

 

Source: newswiregh.com

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