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Social media erupts in ‘anger, sadness,disappointment’ over GETFUND scholarship saga

Ghanaians have taken to social media barely 24-hours expressing anger and sadness after it emerged government scholarships were distributed without regard to due process.

The Auditor-General, in the report, has slammed the GETFUND for “unlawfully’ dishing out more than $4.7million in scholarship to persons who are not anything close to needy students in the country.

Document: How GETFUND granted MPs, politicians, others $4.7m in scholarships as brilliant but needy students suffered

A former Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Vitus Azeem in an interview monitored on Starrfm by theghanareport.com has described the situation as ridiculous.

He believes “people who are in the position to pay for their education…whether in Ghana or outside Ghana should not be given scholarships. ”

“We need to have clear-cut criteria in order to determine who should benefit from it. We need to investigate this and those sanctions those who use their position to benefit from the scholarship.” he charged.

Mr. Azeem, however, made an exception to cases where the courses are either not available in the country or the courses are so important that we cannot do without it.

Social Media reactions

Persons involved response to the said report

Reacting to the said report, in a press release, the Education Minister has explained the circumstances that led to him receiving the scholarship.

Also, quick to clear the air is the Executive Secretary of NaCCA, Dr Prince Armah, in a press release said, “he was needy when he applied and obtained the GETfund scholarship which enabled him to embark on his PhD abroad.”

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Photo: Dr. Prince Armah

According to him, the scholarship predates his time at the government agency.

“That I believe that the scholarship scheme we have is best used to support needy students, as I was then, in order to give them a chance to contribute to the task of nation-building, as I have done every day since my studies, ” he noted in a Facebook post.

Read below details of the NaCCA boss statement

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