Contrary to the positions of the Rectors of the three specialized institutions in throwing their support behind the half-baked decision of government to merge the institutions just to attained the status of a fully-fledged university.
Aside the burial and loss of the ‘identities’ and ‘histories’ of NAFTI, GIL, and GIJ after the merger, I think the stakeholders failed to reason out of the box.
What we have done with this merger is to amplify the living and working conditions of the Teachers and Workers of these institutions without paying attention to the products.
These institutions have excelled exclusively in their respective space without a tag of university. Alumni of these institutions have and always remained proud.
No one is crying foul for graduating from an institute of journalism, filming, and languages instead of university. Nay!…
Rather than focusing on adding value to products of these institutes, we have rather curiously turned our attention to merging and changing their identities.
What has the merger got to do with the professional standing of the trainees?
We just wasted a fine opportunity to add value to how journalism and filming is done in Ghana.
Yes, the opportunity to empower GIJ, NAFTI AND GIL to license and accredit people desiring to practice in the media space. We messed the chance to sanitize our film industry. We have foolishly, and sheepishly trashed the road to make GIL an authority of languages in Ghana.
Like CIMA, GIJ could be a certified professional institution responsible for managing journalists with useful media certification.