- "The president has once again based on the sterling performance directed the Scholarships Secretariat to immediately open the online portal for these free SHS graduates."
The government has directed the Scholarships Secretariat to open its online portal from Tuesday 1 December to enable graduates of the Free Senior High School education programme to apply for scholarships for tertiary education.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra, Kingsley Agyemang, the Registrar of the Scholarships Secretariat, advised the Free SHS graduates to take advantage of the opportunity.
“I wish to announce that after the successful launch of the online application system in April this year, which saw more than 300,000 applicants submit their online application, the president has once again, based on the sterling performance, directed the Scholarships Secretariat to immediately open the online portal for these Free SHS graduates to apply for scholarship for their tertiary education as soon as possible,” Agyemang announced.
The scholarship scheme is open to all students who wrote WASSCE (the West African Senior School Certificate of Education examinations) in 2020 and who have gained admission or applied for admission to a tertiary institution.
Prospective students will be required to submit an application that meets the scheme requirements and complete an online aptitude test in order to benefit from the government-sponsored tertiary scholarship.
Agyemang said that previous governments have restricted the scope of scholarships to boarding and examination fees, unlike the holistic bursary the Akufo-Addo government is providing.
He also described the NDC’s decision to update its manifesto by promising to absorb the fees of tertiary students for the 2020/2021 academic year as a knee-jerk reaction.
NDC’s last-minute promise
The national chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, said in a statement on Tuesday: “The National Democratic Congress (NDC) announces that it has accepted for incorporation in the People’s Manifesto the recommendation of the Education Policy Group of the party that the next NDC government absorbs the full school fees of Ghanaian students who will be admitted to tertiary institutions in the 2020/2021 academic year.”
The policy, according to the NDC, is an enhancement of “our commitment in the People’s Manifesto to absorb 50% of the school fees of all tertiary students for the 2020/2021 academic year through the ‘KYEMUPE’ policy, which will now apply to only continuing students in tertiary institutions in the country”.
The statement added: “The flagbearer of the party, H E John Dramani Mahama, will in due course throw more light on this enhanced package for Ghanaian students who will be admitted to tertiary institutions next year, dubbed ‘FA NINYINAA’.”