Free Tertiary: Gov't sets aside GHc 20m as scholarship for first batch of free SHS graduates

Free Tertiary: Gov't sets aside GHc 20m as scholarship for first batch of free SHS graduates

- The Akufo-Addo-led government has through the scholarship secretariat set aside GHc20m for free SHS graduates

- Government has however, directed the scholarships secretariat to open its online portal from Tuesday, December 1, 2020

- This would enable graduates of the free Senior High School education programme apply for scholarship for their tertiary education

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The Akufo-Addo-led government has through the schorlarship secretariat set aside GHc20m to cater for those who cannot afford the 2020/21 academic fees.

Government has however, directed the scholarships secretariat to open its online portal from Tuesday, December 1, 2020, to enable graduates of the free Senior High School education programme apply for scholarship for their tertiary education.

Free Tertiary: Gov't sets aside GHc 20m as scholarship for first batch of free SHS graduates
Kingsley Agyeman, the registrar of the Scholarships Secretariat Source: Facebook (Nana Akufo-Addo)
Source: UGC

Speaking in an interview with Joynews, Kingsley Agyeman, the registrar of the Scholarships Secretariat advised the free SHS graduates to take advantage of the opportunity.

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"The president has once again directed the Scholarships Secretariat to immediately open the online portal for these free SHS graduates,” Agyeman announced.

Agyeman noted that the scholarship is opened to all students who wrote the WASCCE in 2020 and have gained admission or applied for admission to the tertiary institution.

He also added that prospective students would be required to apply and complete an online aptitude test in order to benefit from the sponsored scholarship.

Agyeman said previous governments have narrowed scholarship to boarding and examination fees only unlike what the holistic one the current government is providing.

He has described the decision by the NDC to update its manifesto by promising to absorb the fees of tertiary students for the 2020/2021 academic year as a knee-jerk reaction.

YEN.com.gh in a previous report, indicated that the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, in a statement announced that the NDC would absorb all the fees of first year students.

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The policy, the statement noted has been dubbed, “FA NINYINAA”.

According to them, the policy is an enhancement of their commitment in the People’s Manifesto to absorb 50% of the school fees of all tertiary students through the “KYEMUPE” policy.

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