The Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) has waived academic user fees arrears for some 19 students of the institute. The gesture was in response to scholarship applications received from the affected students for the 2019/20 academic year.
The nineteen (19) students are made up of fifteen (15) Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies students, five (5) of whom are in Level 400, seven (7) in Level 300, and two (2) in Level 200. Four of the students are in second-year and are offering a Diploma in Communication Studies.
According to the registrar of the institute, Dr. J. Sika Akotothe, Academic Affairs Unit was tasked to take note of the beneficiaries for the 2019/2020 second semester online examinations, pending the completion of all internal processes for funds from the GIJFund Scholarship to be applied to defray the arrears.
The GIJFund Scholarship was instituted in 2019 by the management of the institute to assist brilliant-but-needy students facing financial challenges, a major hindrance to students’ quest to build their capacity through quality education.
The scholarship covers the tuition of undergraduate students, and in exceptional circumstances, support is extended to freshmen also. The institution has a mutual fund from its own internally generated funds (IGF) to support the initiative to support the brilliant but needy students by taking care of their academic fees.