Students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) who underperform academically risk being withdrawn from the school, according to new directives from school authorities.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and women who fail three (3) or more of their courses at any point (1st semester, 2nd semester or both) shall be withdrawn.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A continuing student who fails in 50% or more of courses being taken at any point (1st semester, 2nd semester) shall be withdrawn.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 A Postgraduate student who fails three (3) or more courses at any given time shall be withdrawn from the Institute.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All continuing students shall be eligible to repeat a level two (2) times only after which they shall be withdrawn from the Institute if they are unable to redeem themselves.
A student who is unable to redeem him/herself shall be required to show cause why she or she should not be withdrawn from the Institute.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.”
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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