Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Prof. Kwamena Kwansah – Aidoo has disclosed that, the Institute will tighten its admission requirements as part of measures to ensure that the products it churns out meet industry standards.
He made this known when he visited management of the country’s leading newspaper firm, the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), at the company’s head office in Accra on Sunday.
The courtesy call forms part of the Rector’s familiarisation tour and effort to deepen its relationship with key stakeholders, including the Graphic Group, and as well agree on possible areas of collaboration.
Bemoaning falling standards of the Ghana’s education, Prof. Kwansah – Aidoo, pointed out that, there is the need for the country to have broader national discourse to find a lasting solution to the development. To him, “There is the need for a larger conversation to check the fallen standards of education,” and emphasised that, “We need to make GIJ what it used to be and our products what people used to know”.
The Rector who was accompanied by the Head of Research and Acting Head of the Department of Communication of the school, Dr. Lawrencia Agyepong and a Senior Lecturer, Yaw Odame Gyau, showered praises on the relationship between the two Institutions and underscored the need for an even strengthened relationship for their mutual benefit.
Admitting being proud partner and great beneficiary of the services the institute offer, Managing Director of the GCGL, Ato Afful, urged GIJ to enhance its training methods in order to produce human capital capable of meeting the needs of the fast – changing society and the job market.
He pointed out that, the media landscape is fast changing and requires students with smarter competencies and skills, urging the Institute to reposition itself to meet the challenges of current media training.
The Managing Director implored the leadership of the school to encourage its students to write stories and articles for publication in the various brands of the company and declared that, the company “will continue to contribute to the development of the school. He again pledged the GCGL would support the Institute during the celebration of its 60th anniversary.
On her part, Acting Director of News at the GCGL, Mavis Kitcher, reiterated the concern over the quality of products coming out of the institute in recent times, saying “unlike in the past, many graduates who come to do an internship and national service with the company lack many basic skills in journalism.”
She, therefore, called on the leadership of the Institute to give more practical opportunities to its students. But quickly commended the Institute for its contribution to the media industry, saying “We recognise your importance.”
The Chairperson of the 60th – anniversary celebration planning committee, who doubles as the Head of Communication Department, Dr. Agyepong, said the institute will use the celebration to set up an endowment fund to help train world – class media practitioners in the country.
She remarked, “We want to do more. We want to be relevant to our institutions,” she said, adding that “We need to make GIJ what it used to be and make our products what people used to know.”
GIJ, which is the foremost Communications University in Sub – Sahara Africa and established in 1959 by Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, will mark its 60th anniversary, with a launch this Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Institute’s premises.