Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday unveiled an Online Scholarship Application and Administration System to promote efficiency and transparency in accessing government scholarships.
At a brief ceremony at the Jubilee House, in Accra, Vice President Bawumia entreated interested applicants to visit: www.scholarshipgh.com to create an account, fill an application form and upload academic certificates and transcripts to enable them to access government sponsorship.
The Online Portal, which becomes operational effective April 1, 2020 will provide an accurate data on scholarship beneficiaries and track their academic progress subsequently.
In that vein, every Ghanaian child, irrespective of social, religious, ethnic and political background could have access to good and quality education as captured in goal four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he said.
The Vice President said the introduction of the Online System was in tandem with the Government’s vision of digitising and formalising service delivery processes, especially in this era of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting virtual learning system.
The Scholarship Secretariat and the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) have made available GHc80 million for local tertiary education institutions, which is expected to increase the number of scholarship beneficiaries from 30,000 to 70,000 in the 2020/2021 academic year.
Dr Bawumia said it would revolutionalise the scholarship administration in the country and thus, commended Mr Kingsley Agyemang, the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat and staff of the Secretariat for championing the process.
The Scholarship Secretariat started piloting the government scholarship awards in 2018/2019 academic year in some districts, aimed at ensuring that every Ghanaian child benefit from the scheme.
“This is in line with government’s digital agenda to reduce human interface and promote decentralisation, efficiency and transparency,” Dr Bawumia said, adding; ” So if you undertake an aptitude test and you fail, you can’t bribe the computer”.
The Vice President said over the past three years, government had increased the infrastructure and logistical requirements of the Scholarship Secretariat thereby improving its administrative efficiency and accountability.
For his part, Mr Kingsley Agyemang, the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, said all applicants for scholarships would undergo an aptitude test and appear before a district scholarship review committee for an interview.
“As soon as your online application is successful, you will receive an SMS or email indicating that you’re successful and being process to the next stage,”Mr Agyemang explained.
He, therefore, expressed appreciation to the government for providing the Secretariat with the necessary computers and printers thus, helping in its digitalisation efforts.