The deputy rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Prof Eri Opoku Mensah has responded to the claims broadcast journalist Bridget Otoo that her alma mater did not equip her well for the field before completion.


It would be recalled that Bridget Otoo a few weeks ago stated that she left the journalism school without knowing how to write a report. She disclosed that she learnt most of her journalism work when she got to the field. Bridget also described the certificate she obtained from GIJ as “rubbish”.

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“I left GIJ and I couldn’t even write a single report so the certificate was rubbish. I learned on the job when I started to write and learned to tell a story. I learned to be on camera, I learned but yet I had a degree in Journalism. A degree in Communication Studies so that foundation is crap.”

Reacting to the claims of Bridget Otoo, the deputy rector of GIJ told the reporter of TV3 that he is disappointed in the journalist for rubbishing the institution.

Prof Eric Opoku Mensah said this while speaking when the 2001 Year Alumni group donated some books to the institute. In his words, “

“When you leave school, no matter how small the infrastructure was if it becomes big, it becomes part of your pride,” reports quoted Prof. Mensah as saying.

“So some of us were saddened when we noted in the news, a few days ago, the story from Bridget Otoo, who claims to be an Alumna of GIJ, and argued that when she was here she did not get a good foundation and that the foundation she was given was ‘scrap’,” he added.

He further urged graduates of higher education institutions to constantly contribute to their alma mater.

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“All of us, what we learned in school and what we have become today, it is not our school that trained us 100 percent, but the school certainly gives you a platform.

“Right now, if you pull your GIJ certificate, if even you’ve gone ahead to learn at Harvard, everything will crumble down because GIJ is the foundation, so you cannot, and all of us don’t get everything that we want to know in school.”

“it is important that what you have become, or what you become should be largely credited to a school because if you take out our certificates, so far as our first-degree certificates are concerned, technically you are removing your very foundation.”

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“So, I am worried that anybody will make very disparaging remarks about his or her school. It is not the best of things a person could say in public. And I think that, what we should do if we feel there are capacity issues still lacking, we should constantly contribute in one way or the other.”



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