Bawumia launches Online Scholarship Application system

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the Scholarship
Secretariat’s Online Scholarship Application and Administration System,
www.scholarshipgh.com, in Accra.

Beginning April 1, 2020, in just four easy steps, any applicant can
apply from the comfort of their homes, take an aptitude test and be
interviewed in their own districts without coming to Accra as in the
past.

The launch of the online portal is in line with President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vision to digitise and formalise government’s service delivery processes, help to eliminate the inconveniences that applicants experience seeking the government’s sponsorships and also help the secretariat in proper and efficient administration of scholarships in the country. 

Speaking at the launch on Tuesday, Dr Bawumia said the digitisation of scholarship processes has come at the appropriate time, when the world is faced with the COVID-19 pandemic which has temporarily shut down almost all social institutions, especially the education sector.

“The enhanced use of technology, which is reflected in this administration’s digitisation agenda, is a very relevant tool in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, as digitisation by its nature leads to social distancing.

“Today, we can access many services while sitting in the comfort of our homes, without the human interface which could lead to the spread of the virus.

“We are delivering and will continue to deliver more services online, such as the ECG app, paperless ports, DVLA, Passport Office and the rest.

“Indeed, God willing, we will launch Ghana.gov portal next month, a one-stop shop for accessing government services. Scholarshipgh.com will be included in due time,” the Vice President disclosed.

Vice President Bawumia recalled that the Scholarships Secretariat,
since its establishment in 1960 as an extra-ministerial body under the
Office of the President, has operated below capacity in its traditional
bricks and mortar setting. 

During these times, the government sponsorship opportunities were perceived as the preserve of politicians and those well connected in government.

Shortly after assumption of office in 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo instructed the Scholarships Secretariat to decentralise its operations to increase access and eliminate the inconvenient experiences of Ghanaians in accessing sponsorship opportunities, specifically those from the hinterlands.

In line with the strategic directive of the government, the Secretariat initiated processes aimed at increasing access and ensuring transparency in its scholarship awards and administration processes.

This culminated into the piloting of the award processes at the regional levels in the 2018/2019 academic year and narrowed the process down to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Levels in the 2019/2020 academic year.

The period witnessed significant achievements in the increase of
scholarships awarded to Ghanaian students pursuing higher education in
local tertiary institutions, both public and private, with more than
30,000 Ghanaian students in locally accredited tertiary institutions
benefitting from the scheme in the 2019/2020 academic year.

For the 2020/2021 academic year, Scholarships Secretariat and GETFund have made a provision for GH¢80,000,000 to students in local tertiary institutions. The number of beneficiaries is expected to increase to about 70,000. 

“The launch today of this Online Scholarship Application and Administration System is a proud moment that will revolutionise scholarship administration in Ghana and beyond. 

“With this new system government is seeking to ensure transparency in the scholarship awards and by this, the risk of corruption will be reduced as all workflow regarding scholarship application will be streamlined.

“Again, the new system will provide accurate and reliable data on scholarship beneficiaries as well as tracking their academic progress.”

The Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, Kingsley Agyeman, who took participants through the processes of application, expressed appreciation to the government for the support over the years, and pledged the commitment of the Secretariat to do even more to make accessing scholarships easier and more efficient.