GIJ to begin ‘sacking’ students over academic performance

Students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) who underperform academically risk being withdrawn from the school, according to new directives from school authorities.

This is contained in a Memo signed by the Institute’s Registrar, Dr J. Sika Akoto (PhD), to all students.

The section of the Memo, indicating the grounds for withdrawing students reads:

i. All freshmen and women who fail three (3) or more of their courses at any point (1st semester, 2nd semester or both) shall be withdrawn.

ii. A continuing student who fails in 50% or more of courses being taken at any point (1st semester, 2nd semester) shall be withdrawn.

iii. A Postgraduate student who fails three (3) or more courses at any given time shall be withdrawn from the Institute.

Also, continuing students who fail three (3) to five (5) courses shall repeat the level and pass all courses offered at that level before progressing.

The repeating student shall join the class, complete assignments and take part in mid/end-of-semester examinations.

A student who is repeating shall pay the current fee for the level to be determined by the Institute and attend lectures for all courses concerned at that level to be able to redeem himself or herself before proceeding to the next level.

All continuing students shall be eligible to repeat a level two (2) times only after which they shall be withdrawn from the Institute if they are unable to redeem themselves.

A student who is unable to redeem him/herself shall be required to show cause why she or she should not be withdrawn from the Institute.

The Memo further explained the school’s retake policy which was first announced in 2018 by the Institute’s Rector, Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo.

The retake policy means that “a student of the Institute shall sit for the examination only when it is next available.”

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Newly admitted students who fail up to two (2) courses will have just one chance to retake the examination.

In all cases, the examination shall be marked over 100% and highest grade the paper shall obtain shall be C+.

All freshmen and women shall remain at the current level until they redeem the failed courses.

ii. A continuing student who fails up to two (2) courses over the academic year shall retake the examination in only the referred course(s).

iii. At any given academic year, a student shall have only two (2) cumulative referrals to be eligible to do the retake.

iv. A student doing a retake shall sit for the examination when it is next available. In all cases the examination shall be marked over 100% and the highest grade the paper shall obtain shall be C+.

v. All students shall have the opportunity to retake a course two (2) times only after which they shall be withdrawn from the Institute.

vi. A student who is unable to redeem him/herself shall be required to show cause why he or she should not be withdrawn from the Institute.

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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