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06.12.2005 General News

GIJ stands to benefit positively from shift to MOE

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Accra, Dec. 6, GNA - Mr David Newton, Director of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), on Tuesday said the Institute stood to benefit positively under the Ministry of Education instead of being under the Ministry of Information.

He said the shift would enable the Institute to access the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) that would help it to complete its new site at Okponglo and to get the needed support to develop its infrastructure and enhance tuition.

Mr Newton was reacting to Cabinet approval to move GIJ from the Ministry of Information to the Ministry of Education. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr Newton said the structure of administration at the institute would change from Board of Directors to a Council with similar functions as pertained at the Universities to meet the new development.

The Director said under the Ministry of Information, it was difficult to ensure better condition of service and better salaries for lecturers of the new degree programme, which was making it difficult for GIJ to get qualified lecturers.

He said the Institute relied heavily on part-time lecturers making tuition very difficult since such lecturers often focussed more on their full-time occupation.

"At the moment the institute is not listed under the Council of Education as a tertiary institution and this has created doubts internationally about its credibility ", he said. He expressed the hope that the Cabinet would expedite action to ensure the successful implementation of the decision.