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The Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) has called on the government to as a matter of urgency prosecute and sanction public officials who have unfairly benefited from scholarships from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
According to GRASAG, public officials at GETFund who were responsible for approving the scholarships without recourse to the law should also be brought to book.
The Auditor-General over the weekend cited GETFund in its performance audit report for breaching its mandate and “illegally” funding foreign scholarships.
The report from the Auditor-General sighted said the GETFund Secretariat “breached the object of the fund and administered the scholarship themselves.”
According to the GETFund’s Annual Reports from 2012 to 2018, the secretariat spent GHS 425,698,937 on scholarships on 3,112 beneficiaries out of which 2,217 persons were unlawfully granted scholarships to study abroad.
GRASAG in a press release issued by the National Executive Committee described the decision to give some Members of Parliament scholarships under the scheme as “unconscionable”, adding that the Association is dismayed by what it described as the “abuse of discretionary powers” on the part of the Board of GETFund.
“It is really unconscionable that sitting Members of Parliament and other public officials will even put themselves up to be considered for scholarship meant for needy students. This is the evidence of impunity with which the political class has carefully been orchestrating against the masses in this country,” the statement said.
“We also call for the prosecution and sanction of public officials both past and present who have unfairly benefitted from scholarships meant for brilliant but needy students as well as officials who approved these scholarships.”
GRASAG among other things is calling for reforms in the manner in which scholarships are given to beneficiaries.
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