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General News of Monday, 3 December 2018

Source: newswiregh

JUST IN: No paper, No entry – Police takeover GIJ campus; prevent students from entering

Police have been called in to prevent a repeat of Sunday's protest play videoPolice have been called in to prevent a repeat of Sunday's protest

newswiregh can confirm that officials of the Ghana Police Service have taken over the campus of the Ghana Institute of Journalism a day after student protests caused the temporal shutdown of the school.

Information available suggests the police were called in by management of the university over fears of a repeat of Sunday’s protest by the agitated students following a release by the school for all registered students to return to campus for their examinations or risk being failed.

A statement signed by Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Institute of Journalism on Sunday said students who have paid their fees and registered are eligible to take part in the examinations today, Monday, December 3.

But the communication by management appears to be stoking some controversy as a number of registered students have been barred from entering the university premise.

Level 200 and Diploma 1 students of the institute who have a paper at 9 o’clock this morning are the only students being allowed into the premises by about 12 heavily built and armed police officers who are said to be manning the school’s gates.

These students are mandated to show proof of identity by showing their Student ID cards to the security personnel before being allowed entry into the university to write their exams.

The move seems to be creating some more tension in a rather polarized situation at one of the nation’s premier universities mandated to train journalists.

Rector of the Institute, Prof. Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo is said to have cut short his trip to the United Kingdom to deal with the situation back home. There are reports of a scheduled meeting with the Students Representative Council for a way forward on the matter.