Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has released the Scholarship Secretariat’s On the net Scholarship Software and Administration Method, www.scholarshipgh.com, in Accra.
Beginning April 1, 2020, in just 4 straightforward techniques, any applicant can apply from the ease and comfort of their homes, choose an aptitude take a look at and be interviewed in their possess districts with out coming to Accra as in the past.
The start of the On the net portal is in line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision to digitize and formalize government support supply processes, support to remove the inconveniences that applicants encounter trying to get authorities sponsorships and also aid the Secretariat in proper and efficient administration of scholarships in the country.
Talking at the launch on Tuesday, Dr Bawumia mentioned the digitization of scholarship processes has occur at the appropriate time, when the entire world is faced with the COVID-19 pandemic which has temporarily shut down virtually all social establishments, in particular the education and learning sector.
“The enhanced use of engineering, which is reflected in this administration’s Digitization Agenda, is a quite appropriate resource in the battle in opposition to the Covid-19 pandemic, as digitization by its nature potential customers to social distancing.
“Today, we can obtain a lot of products and services whilst sitting down in the comfort of our properties, without the need of the human interface which could guide to the distribute of the virus.
“We are delivering and will proceed to supply a lot more products and services on line, these kinds of as the ECG app, paperless ports, DVLA, Passport Business and the rest.
“Indeed, God willing, we will launch Ghana.gov portal following month, a one particular-stop shop for accessing governing administration expert services. Scholarshipgh.com will be provided in thanks time,” the Vice President disclosed.
Vice President Bawumia recalled that the Scholarships Secretariat, considering that its establishment in 1960 as an more-ministerial system less than the Office environment of the President, has operated under potential in its regular bricks and mortar environment.
During these times, government sponsorship options were perceived as the maintain of politicians and those people properly related in government.
Soon just after assumption of office environment in 2017, President Akufo-Addo instructed the Scholarships Secretariat to decentralize its operations to boost obtain and eradicate the inconvenient encounters of Ghanaians in accessing sponsorship chances, precisely individuals from the hinterlands.
In line with the strategic directive of the authorities, the Secretariat initiated procedures aimed at growing access and making sure transparency in its scholarship awards and administration procedures.
This culminated into the piloting of the award procedures at the Regional stages in the 2018/2019 educational calendar year and narrowed the approach down to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Degrees in the 2019/2020 tutorial year.
The interval witnessed major achievements in the maximize of scholarships awarded to Ghanaian college students pursuing better education in area tertiary establishments, both equally public and private, with far more than 30,000 Ghanaian college students in regionally accredited tertiary institutions benefitting from the scheme in the 2019/2020 tutorial yr.
For the 2020/2021 academic year, Scholarships Secretariat and GETFund has created a provision for ¢80,000,000 to students in local tertiary establishments. The selection of beneficiaries is predicted to raise to about 70,000.
“The start right now of this On the web Scholarship Software and Administration Method is a happy second that will revolutionize scholarship administration in Ghana and over and above.
“With this new system federal government is searching for to guarantee transparency in the scholarship awards and by this, the danger of corruption will be lowered as all workflow pertaining to scholarship software will be streamlined.
“Again, the new procedure will offer exact and dependable data on scholarship beneficiaries as nicely as tracking their academic development.”
The Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, Kingsley Agyeman, who took members via the procedures of software, expressed appreciation to governing administration for the assist over the many years, and pledged the commitment of the Secretariat to do even far more to make accessing Scholarships less complicated and far more efficient.