The Government of Ghana (GoG) has released GH¢8 million to be awarded as bursaries to beneficiary students under the Local Tertiary Decentralisation Scholarship Scheme.
The package is purposively to support successful applicants to pursue tertiary education in the country leading to the award of a diploma up to a doctorate degree.
The bursary issued through the Scholarship Secretariat is to cater to the academic facility user fees of the beneficiaries in both public and private tertiary institutions in the country.
However, beneficiaries have to renew their application by reapplying on a an annual basis in order to continue to benefit from the scheme.
This was disclosed at the interview session for some 528 applicants who applied for support under the scheme and selected Tamale as the venue for their interview.
They were among a total of 1,200 applicants who were to be interviewed throughout the Northern Region and part of the over 75,000 applicants who were successful in the aptitude test conducted nationwide.
Speaking to the media in Tamale at the start of the interview session, Mr. Kingsley Agyemang, the Registrar at the Scholarship Secretariat said the exercise was to increase transparency and access to tertiary education in the country.
“People do not have to travel to Accra to go through the interview as practiced before. This is because a replica of the same interview is happening simultaneously in all districts of Ghana,” he said.
He added that the online process and the decentralisation of the scholarship programme ruled out political interference and thereby ensuring transparency.
The Registrar said applicants applied through an online application system and went through a normal aptitude standard test with a pass mark of 50 percent and above.
Explaining the scoring process, Mr. Agyemang indicated that applicants were scored on four thematic areas of comprehension and motivation, aptitude test score, academic records, and general affairs.
He added that the number of students the Scholarship Secretariat was able to award before the scholarship fund became exhausted would mark the end of the students who would be benefiting from the scholarship programme for this year.
Samsia Mohammed, a level 300 midwifery student of the University for Development Studies, who went through the interview process, said she was able to express herself pertaining to the midwifery programme.
She was confident that she would get the scholarship which she said would help her to complete her programme successfully.
Abdulai Rahman, who is pursuing an undergraduate programme at the University of Cape Coast, said he could not complete his course because he could not pay his final year fees and expressed the hope to get the scholarship to enable him to complete the programme this year.
Source: Daily Graphic