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22.04.2004 General News

GIJ Students call for help

By GNA

Accra April 22, GNA - The Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) on Thursday called on the government to expedite action on the New Legislative Instrument which aims to transfer the Institute to the Ministry of Education.

Mr Richard Mensah, President of the Students' Representative Council of the Institute said this at a press conference held in Accra. He said, "We will like to state our displeasure in the handling of our affairs by our supervising Ministry, the Ministry of Information."

Mr Mensah said the Institute had over the years lacked basic academic facilities to aid training and that showed the level of insensitivity on the part of government and the Ministry of Information. He said government should provide the school with basic facilities needed to train communicators.

He said the school had not even got a new site, as the public had been made to understand since there had been a publication, to the effect that the land had been reverted because it had not been developed over a period of time.

The SRC President said for over 40 years of the school's existence the Institute had not seen any considerable transformation, adding: "Wherein lies our priority as a nation".

He mentioned that the lecturers were not only asking for better conditions of service but were also asking that the fortunes of the Institute be turned around in terms of academic facilities. Referring to the GETFUND, Mr Mensah said the SRC realised the need for a meticulous work to be done but appealed to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General and the Minister of Information to "Fast-Track" the process.

He appealed to the Alumni to come to the aid of the school to help make their voices heard.

Mr Mensah, however, urged the lecturers to return to the classroom, while the student joined in the fight for a common cause.

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