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Government scholarships for tertiary education should be remodelled to match the needs of students- Kofi Asare

Government scholarships for tertiary education should be remodelled to match the needs of students- Kofi Asare.

Kofi Asare, the Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, has called on the government to enhance the local tertiary scholarship scheme.

This comes after the Scholarship Secretariat scheduled interviews for 2020/21 academic year.

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In a Facebook post sighted by Georgeweb.org, Mr Kofi Asare laments the delay in the interviews for candidates as the 2021 academic year approaches its completion, claiming that the situation is wasting the beneficiaries’ time.

“Many Genuinely needy but brilliant students who required this government scholarship to honour their admissions in various tertiary institutions at the beginning of the academic year are wasting at home now.

The assumption that scholarships will meet the most brilliant but needy, even when disbursed one year after admission or anytime convenient to the bureaucracy is flawed and lazy, since the genuinely poor may not even have the opportunity of becoming students at that time,” he stated.

According to him, social interventions must be designed to fulfill the true needs of brilliant but needy students, the majority of whom are free SHS beneficiaries, at the most essential time, rather than the bureaucracy’s preferred time.

“IF THE GOVERNMENT’S LOCAL TERTIARY SCHOLARSHIP GENUINELY TARGETS SUPPORTING THE NEEDY STUDENTS, AND NOT JUST TICKING A BOX, THEN IT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE RE-MODELLING FOR APPLICATIONS TO BE SUBMITTED IMMEDIATELY AFTER WASSCE RESULTS”

According to the Education Economist, due diligence, including interviews, must be done soon afterward, and grant advances (particularly admission fees) must be paid upon the recipients’ receipt of admission letters.

“If President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo really envisions an equitable, increased Gross Tertiary Enrolment from 19% to 40 % by 2030, this is a sin qua non,” the Executive Director of the Education Think Tank noted.

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