The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has denied reports that some government appointees, especially the education minister and the executive secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) have been awarded scholarships under the current administration.
There is the outrage on social media following an audit report that Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh and Dr Prince Armah, the Minister and the Executive Secretary of NaCCA respectively were granted scholarships by GETFund to support their education.
Another government official who was mentioned in the audit report was the procurement Minister Adwoa Safo.
Reacting to the news, GETFund clarified that the officials were given the scholarship years before the current Akufo-Addo administration, adding the Act which sets up the Fund â€śis not limited to needy but brilliant students.â€ť
â€śThe Fund may, per its mandate, also provide support for such other educational activities and programmes to serve strategic national interests.
â€śThe above having been served, it is worthy of note that the aforementioned persons have not been awarded scholarships by the Fund under the current administration,â€ť the GETFund statement read.
According to Act 581 (GETFund Act 2000) which sets up the GETFund, the objects of the Fund are as follows:
2. (1) The object of the Fund is to provide finance to supplement the provision of education at all levels by the Government.
(2) For the purpose of attaining this object, the monies from the Fund are to be expended as follows: (a) to provide financial support to the agencies and institutions under the Ministry of Education, through the Ministry, for the development and maintenance of essential academic facilities and infrastructure in public educational institutions particularly, in tertiary institutions;
(b) to provide supplementary funding to the Scholarship Secretariat for the grant of scholarships to gifted but needy students for studies in second-cycle and accredited tertiary institutions in Ghana;
(c)to contribute monies from the Fund towards the operation of student loans schemes for students in accredited tertiary institutions through loan scheme mechanisms and agencies, approved by the Minister;
(d) to provide, through the National Council on /Tertiary Education, grants to tertiary institutions,(i) to train brilliant students as members of faculties;(ii) to undertake research and other academic programmes of relevance to national development; and(e) to provide monies to support such other educational activities and programmes for the promotion of education as the Minister in consultation with the Board may determine.