ICT LAB NOT A WAY FORWARD FOR GIJ STUDENTS – Madugu

ICT LAB NOT A WAY FORWARD FOR GIJ STUDENTS – Madugu

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In spite of recent massive infrastructural developments and academic programme upgrades at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, the university still lacks an integrated and viable ICT laboratory.  In addition, the University with a current population of over 3000 students do not have robust internet connectivity.

Over the years the University has struggled to provide some form of ICT laboratory and a working internet connection for its growing student population. However, the effort is hampered by lack of space, lack of centralized and integrated intranet facility and poor internet services offered by the contracted service providers

According to William Dassah of the Information Technology Unit, the University initially had a working IT laboratory however; inadequate space on the campus has forced the IT department to relocate the computers to the institution’s library. He however, explains that plans are in place to provide a fully-fledged IT lab for students once the University moves to its new premises. 

Some students have expressed their discontent about the current situation. They pointed out that the computers and Internet have become critical to learning and research in academic life, such the unavailability of an IT laboratory and internet connectivity is hampering their studies.

Meanwhile, the Student Representative Council have plans to roll out alternative internet connection service on campus. According to the SRC President Benjamin Madugu the SRC is in discussions with some ISPs to offer subscription based internet services for students by the beginning of next academic year.

STORY AND PHOTO BY: Vida Mensah  

                                              Nafisatu Nyass Iddrisu.

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