GIJ, NAFTI and GIL faces looming merger

GIJ, NAFTI and GIL faces looming merger

- Three independent institutions are going to be merged into the National Institute of Communication and Media Arts.

-These institutions are Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) and the Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL).

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has disclosed that the government has initiated processes to merge three of the country’s public tertiary institutions into one.

They are the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) and the Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL).

The name for the consolidated institutions would be National Institute of Communication and Media Arts.

GIJ, NAFTI and GIL faces looming merger

GIJ, NAFTI and GIL faces looming merger Source: CitiNewsRoom
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Ofori-Atta made this know while presenting the 2019 budget in parliament last Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ofori Atta said in 2019, the necessary regulatory Bill will be put together with stakeholder consultations to ensure the merger.

He explained that the move to merge the three institutions forms part of government’s commitment to expand tertiary education opportunities to meet increasing demand and the skill needs of the country.

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Ofori atta noted that out of the three institutions, only GIJ had been granted a Presidential Charter to award its own degrees, diplomas and certificates for programmes accredited by the National Accreditation Board, while NAFTI does so due to its affiliation with the University of Ghana.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, in an earlier interview with the B&FT said the majority of private universities lack the capacity to operate independently.

He therefore suggested a merger of private institutions to ensure thst the quality in the country’s education system is not compromised

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