The President of the Graduate Students’ Association, GRASSAG, of the University Of Ghana, Legon, Nana Kwame Asafo-Adjei Ayeh, has called on the Government Authorities, as a matter of urgency, to release their bursary and thesis grants, without any further delay.
He bemoans the perennial delay of the grants, which in most cases, never comes when it is most needed, for its purpose.
Addressing the press at a press conference the President noted that the issue has become a matter of concern to the students and they are meeting “To prompt His Excellency the President of the Republic Of Ghana and His Government of the undue delay of the bursary and thesis grant.”
Nana Kwame Asafo-Adjei Ayeh said, if government appreciates the importance of post-graduate education and research as the basis for accelerated growth, then permanent solutions should be found to the challenges, to enable them have a smooth and an uninterrupted academic exercise.
He was of the view that, the excessive delay in the allowance, is causing students to go through unbearable hardship, particularly in the completion of their research work and many students find themselves stranded on the field collecting data.
He explained that, “It is becoming overly worrying that yet another year we are going through this same old process to get the right thing done.
The association therefore wonders why the payment of grants, which has been fixed as low as Ghc450 for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Arts (MA) students as well as GHc470.00 and GHc700.00 for Masters of Philosophy and PhD students respectively, has been delayed amazingly to the extent that, that academic year has virtually ended.”
The Annual bursary and thesis grants are among five types of scholarship for Public Universities, under the Local Tertiary Scholarship Awards, of the Scholarships Secretariat.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/Patricia Norvisi Gbologah /Philip Selorm Kukubor.