MoE petitioned to terminate GETFund Foreign Masters scholarship

Foreign Masters scholarship

Two education think tanks following an advertisement by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) calling for applications for Foreign Masters Scholarship have petitioned the Ministry of Education to halt the scholarship application.

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Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) and Institute of Education Studies (IFEST) in a statement sighted by Thisterm.com described the Foreign Masters Scholarship as a wasteful activity also calling on Parliament to stop the application.

Citing Section 2(2b) of the GETFund Act, 2000 (Act 581), they said the Fund is to provide supplementary funding to the Scholarship Secretariat, for granting scholarships to brilliant but needy students to study in the second cycle and accredited tertiary institutions in Ghana, and not directly administer Foreign Scholarships.

Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) and the Institute of Education Studies (IFEST) say they believe it is unconscionable for the Education Trust Fund to spend about GH¢400,000 on one person’s Foreign Masters Programme when;

A. 95% of programmes offered under the non-bilateral Foreign Masters Scholarship are available locally.

B. The cost of one Foreign Masters Scholarship can sponsor 20-40 local scholarships in the same programme in a Ghanaian university.

C. When the average student loan amount of GHC 2,550 apart from being in arrears, cannot even fund tertiary education for the first 2 months of the academic year; causing some to drop out or do menial jobs to survive.

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D. Ghana is in a period of economic austerity occasioned by higher taxes and expenditure rationalisation. How rational is this decision?

E. Scholarship secretariat is running another Masters Scholarship programme. Why duplicate?

F. Parliament did not approve any such expenditure item in the GETFund Formula for 2024.

According to the think tanks, there are too many Senior High School graduates unable to enter tertiary as a result of the lack of funds. Even though 60% plus are passing their WASSCE Core, only 34% are making it to tertiary.

“At the current 19%, Ghana cannot meet the 40% Gross Tertiary Enrolment target by 2030 if we keep spending tertiary financial assistance cash lavishly on a few, while many others lack local support to access tertiary education,” they noted.

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