Management of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), has scheduled its 11th Congregation, which was postponed indefinitely due to the absence of a school governing council to Friday 6th October.
The 11th congregation, which was earlier slated to take place on September 22nd under the Ministry of Education’s National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), was postponed after a new council was formed some days to the planned date.
The newly constituted governing council, which was inaugurated by the Ministry of Education, replaces the erstwhile council which exhausted its four years term.
The Registrar of the Institute, Mr. Perry Ofosu, affirmed that with the approval of the governing council, the 11th Congregation is set to come off come Friday October 6th.
According to him, “because the Council was inaugurated very close to the time, it was not prudent to have the congregation” adding that, it is the “Council’s responsibility to confer the degrees on the qualified students; and it is the Chairman of Council who does that on behalf of Council.”
“The newly constituted Council would have to be informed on everything that is being done for them to abreast themselves, and therefore the decision was made that it should be postponed. So academic board later on proposed that the congregation should take place on the 6th of October and Council approved it; and once the Governing Council has approved, then it means it will take place of the 6th” he explained.
“When we organized the graduate congregation, we sought permission from NCTE, so the NCTE Executive Secretary stood in as a stand in Chairman, as the regulator; and that one was because there was no council in place. But now that a council is in place, council would have to take the responsibility of conferring [the degrees],” he added.
GIJ’s Governing Council
The new council is under the Chairmanship of Professor Kwasi Ansu-Kyeremeh.
Other members of the Council include Dr. Wilberforce S. Dzisah (Rector/Member), Dr. Mrs. Margaret Amoakohene (Head, School of Communication Studies, Legon), Dr. Kweku Rockson (Ministry of Education Representative), Mr. Akwasi Owusu Agyeman (Media Industry Representative), Ms. Adjoa Yeboah Afari (Alumni Representative), Mr. Edwin Amankwa (Minister’s Nominee), Mrs. Harriet Akua Karikari (Convocation Representative), and Ms. Monica Korkor Bleboo (Minister’s Nominee).
The term of the previous council ended in November 2016. Every tertiary institution operates under a council. The council is referred to as the governing council, and is responsible for determining policies that are implemented by management.
Management will make proposals, but council has to approve before implementation; and it includes some expenditure. The council is responsible for awarding certificates.