The Management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) says it asked students who paid their school before the registration deadline to defer their programme for this year in other for them to retain their studentship.
GIJ in a release sighted by Educationweb.com.gh indicated the registration timeline was communicated to students before the mid-January school reopening when Akufo-Addo announced for tertiary institutions to resume.
“The initial registration deadline for continuing students as captured in the Academic Calendar was December 26, 2020, but we extended it to January 8, 2021, after tertiary institutions received the green light to resume.”
According to GIJ, it proactively extended the registration deadline from January 8, 2021 registration to 3rd February 2021 in a quest to ensure that as many students as possible registered for the 2020/2021 academic year.
“As an act of kindness, Management upon expiration of the February 3 deadline approved February 25, 2021, as the final deadline for the payment of the minimum 60% of fees and subsequent registration,” it stated.
The several extensions of the registration deadline the Management said resulted in an unprecedented 24-week registration window without any penalty payment.
Commenting on why it asked students to defer their programme, the Ghana Institute of Journalism said the decision is in consonance with Section 9.3 of the Institute’s Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures.
Section 9.3 of GIJ policies states “students who fail to register (in person or by proxy) during the official registration period at the beginning of the semester forfeit their right to register for the semester or the entire academic year”.
However, the Management has said the notification to students who fell foul of the above section to defer programme this academic year was to ensure they do not lose their studentship or be permanently sacked.
“Deferment of programme should therefore not be seen as a punishment but as an opportunity to retain studentship,” GIJ stated in the statement.