The beneficiaries of the Junction Mall Bursary Scheme. Picture: ESTHER ADJEI
Five-member District Scholarship Review Committees, have been instituted in the various districts to receive applications from applicants for a tertiary education scholarship scheme introduced last year December by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Krowor Municipal Assembly, Mr Joshua Nii Bortey, the shortlisting of applicants would begin in April this year, pointing out that, the committees had been instituted to receive applications, shortlist applicants and then present the selected applicants to the Scholarship Secretariat within the first week of July, this year, in line with guidelines that will be submitted from the Scholarship Secretariat’s head office.”
“The committee, which would be headed by the MCEs, would include one traditional leader, a representative from the Ghana Education Service and two representatives of the scholarship secretariat,” he said.
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President Akufo-Addo, in last year December introduced the tertiary scholarship scheme, known as the “Local Tertiary” to assist students at the tertiary level in the country including those who wanted to study outside the country.
Thirty million Ghana cedis was earmarked for the scheme which is to cater for the academic facility user fee of Ghanaian applicants in both private and tertiary institutions.
The decentralisation was aimed at improving transparency and fairness in the selection process and make it more easy for more tertiary students to get access to educational scholarship.
The MCE explained that the decentralisation was to allow students to get easy access to scholarships and to reduce the congestion at the secretariat head office.
“Students over the years trooped to the scholarship secretariat to apply for a scholarship, thus we believe that this would make things easier for students and staff of the secretariat,” he said.
Mr Bortey said this when the Management of the Junction Mall launched a bursary scholarship scheme in Accra on Friday to support needy, brilliant students. The scheme is dubbed, “the Junction Bursary Scheme”,
Junction Bursary Scheme
The Director of the Junction Mall, Mr Philip Cobbinah, said the management of the mall was offering financial support for six students in six basic schools within the Krowor Municipality.
The schools include Nungua Presby school, Nungua Methodist 1&2, St Peters Anglican 1&2.
“The support will cover their tuition, books, uniforms and other educational needs during their stay in school,” he said.
The MCE added that they were focused on offering lasting solutions to the challenges in the municipality and mentioned improving the sanitary conditions in the communities as one of the measures.
“The centre would, however, appeal to other corporate bodies and institutions in the community to also contribute their quota in advancing education,” he said.
To the students, he advised that they made use of the opportunity offered them to create a better future for themselves and the community at large.
The Chief of Otinor, Nii Afotey Botwe II, thanked the management of the mall and urged the students to study hard for a better future.