The Minister of Higher Education has promised the Media Academy for Journalism and Communication (MAJaC), that his Ministry will support some students who are facing financial challenges to study at the institution with scholarships. This was during his familiarization visit at the institute on Wednesday, 22nd June, 2022.
The visit afforded the Hon. Minister the opportunity to familiarize himself with the activities and operations of MAJaC and also, gain first-hand information on their challenges. After discovering that some students are finding it hard to complete their studies due to financial constraints, the Minister vowed the support of his ministry in resolving that challenge.
“We have a country to build and the media should not be left behind. There will never be any sustainable development if the media is sidelined; if the media is not well equipped, not well trained. They need to be supported” he said, adding “every year some of MAJaC students will be provided scholarships by MoHERST”.
According to Isatou Keita, a Journalism Trainer at MAJaC, a lot of effort is put in the school curriculum to ensure the quality of students produced. Hon. Prof. Gomez was pleased to discover that practical work forms a key component in the learning curriculum of MAJaC.
The Minister went on to urge students to be entrepreneurial minded. Given their exposure to practical work, they are capable of being independent and job creators instead of only, job seekers.
Furthermore, Hon. Gomez implored students at MAJaC to strive towards professionalism and always give society the right information.
Another challenge highlighted by the MAJaC admin was learning space. Hon. Gomez urges them to engage different partners, apply for land from government, come up with the dossiers and get funding.