Students of Ghana’s premier communication and journalism institute, Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), are lacing their boots to storm the premises of the education ministry to protest the delay in their graduation.
The 2017 graduation ceremony for students who pursued various masters’ programmes at the institute has been postponed indefinitely.
The ceremony was expected to have taken place in February this year, but a notice from the school authorities in January said it has been called off.
However, sources at the institute attributed the delay to the absence of a standing council for the school.
The tenure of the council ended in 2016 and a new one has since not been put in place.
The old council was constituted by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
Deep throat sources revealed that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has failed to heed copious calls by the institute for a new council to be inaugurated.
However, it was not clear if the institute would wait to jointly graduate the second and third batches of its masters’ students.
About 130 students who pursued Masters of Arts in Development Communication, Public Relations, Media Management and Journalism will be affected.
The development at GIJ points to a growing trend that is fast gaining root in the country, especially in the education sector, whenever there is a change of government.
Councils appointed by the previous government are set aside for the incoming government to inaugurate a new one.
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