The rector of Ghana Institute of Journalism has been asked to proceed on leave to facilitate investigations into alleged infractions in “procurement practices.” This is according to media reports.
As much as I think this is a good move, I hope this is not a move to create ‘jobs-for-the-boys.’ And this is why.
I completed my two-year degree Top-up programme at the Ghana Institute of Journalism(GIJ) earlier this year. I did my Diploma programme between 2005-2007.
During my diploma days, there were two first-year diploma classes made up of about 60 or so students each. These two classes were combined into a single class in our second year. I still remember how those of us seated at the back struggled to hear the lecturers lecture. We always had problems with the speakers and microphones.
I also remember how we had to wait for our turns to use the washrooms (there were 3 WCs seats each for males and females).
Concerning the infrastructure, as a student remarked on one of the school’s WhatsApp platforms which I belong to, ”before 2010, GIJ was not a place you could even take a selfie and post on social media.” In fact, students from other schools, our families and friends used to ridicule us; they likened our prestigious institute to a hen coop!
And the library was not spacious enough to accommodate the student body.
When I returned for my top-up programme, there was a vast difference. For the first time, we could boast of a beautiful 3-storey edifice. The public address systems work, at least for the lecture halls I sat in. The library is bigger. And there were more washrooms(well, maintenance is another issue).
But like Oliver Twist, we wanted more. Students believe the fees are exorbitant and should be reduced and they prefer itemised bills. And of course, I still don’t understand why students had to pay individual penalties for the late submission of a group project work!
Well, I don’t know about the allegations being leveled against the current Rector, Dr. Wilberforce Dzisah -of course, I am not an insider- but this l know, GIJ has improved greatly under his administration, at least in terms of infrastructure. And the numerous student “witnesses” can attest to that.
Written by Belindabe (GIJ Student)