Students at a Journalism school have been barred from participating in a scheduled protest

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Students are being refused entry to both the Osu-Ringway campus and the new Dzorwulu campus by the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

According to the on-duty security officers, the decision is “an order from above.”

This comes after the Ghana Institute of Journalism administration released a statement on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, instructing all students “who paid their fees after the registration deadline to defer their program.”

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The decision was made by management “at its meeting held on Monday, March 22, 2021,” a day into their revision week in preparation for their first semester exams, as per the communiqué.

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While it is unclear why Journalism school authorities chose to lock out students, some analysts suspect it has something to do with a possible student protest today, March 24, 2021.

Meanwhile, management and the Dean of Students would refrain from commenting on the situation “until further notice.”

Lecturers, on the other hand, are permitted on campus.

Students at Ghana Institute of Journalism are outraged by the deferment order.

Students at GIJ are dissatisfied with a directive to postpone their program because they paid their fees late.

In an interview with an iDO GH News reporter, Theodore Mawutor Abiwu, a member of the Interim Committee of the Students’ Representative Council, characterized 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?”

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“For crying out loud, we live in the era of COVID-19 and businesses and livelihoods of people have been affected. Journalism 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 fumed.

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