Here is all you need to know about the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat Online Scholarship Application System. The Ghana Scholarship Secretariat Online Scholarship Application and Administration System was launched by the Vice President, Dr. Bawumia in Accra on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The launch of the Online portal was in line with Government’s vision to digitize and formalize government service delivery processes and to help to eliminate the inconvenience that Ghanaians experience seeking government sponsorship and also help the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat to properly and efficiently administer scholarships in the country. In just four (4) steps, any applicant can apply for Scholarship from the comfort of their homes, take an aptitude test and be interviewed in their own districts without having to travel to Accra as was done in the past.
About The Ghana Scholarship Secretariat
The Ghana Scholarships Secretariat was established in 1960 as an extra- ministerial body under the Office of the President mandated to administer all government scholarships both locally and abroad.
Its main programmes and activities fall under the thematic area;
Human Resource Development, Employment and Productivity under the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) and Goal 4 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically addressing;
Provision of quality education
Human Capital Development, Productivity and Labour Relations, thus providing for the manpower needs of the country.
The impact of these interventions is found in the areas of increased access to quality training to needy, brilliant and deserving students at the tertiary education level.
The Human Resource deficit in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is been fully acknowledged and strategies have been developed over the years to address the gap in society.
DECENTRALIZATION OF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESSES
In line with the strategic directive of H. E. the President of the Republic of Ghana, 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 to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Levels in the 2019/2020 academic year.
The period witnessed significant strides or achievement in the increase of scholarships awarded to Ghanaian students pursuing higher education in the local tertiary institutions both public and private. More than thirty thousand (30,000) Ghanaian students in the locally accredited tertiary institutions benefitted from the scheme in the 2019/2020 academic year.
DIGITIZATION OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PROCESSES
Leveraging on the decentralized scholarship processes, there was the need to introduce a system for an improved service delivery.
The new Online Scholarship Application and Administration System will help to eliminate the inconvenient experiences of applicants seeking government sponsorships and also help the Secretariat in proper and efficient administration of scholarships in the country, as well as increasing accessibility.
All About The Ghana Scholarship Secretariat Online Scholarship Application System
The Launch Of Of The Online Scholarship Application System
The launch of the Online portal is in line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision to digitize and formalize government service delivery processes, help to eliminate the inconveniences that applicants experience seeking government sponsorships and also help the Secretariat in proper and efficient administration of scholarships in the country.
“The enhanced use of technology, which is reflected in this administration’s Digitization Agenda, is a very relevant tool in the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic, as digitization 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 the 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.
About Online Scholarship Application and Administration System And How To Apply
The Vice President said from April 1, 2020, in just four (4) 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.
He 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.
He said during these times, government sponsorship opportunities were perceived as the preserve of politicians and those well connected in government.
“Shortly after assumption of office in 2017, President Akufo-Addo instructed the Scholarships Secretariat to decentralize 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 Vice President said 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 thirty thousand (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 has made a provision for Eighty Million Ghana Cedis (GH¢80,000,000.00) 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 revolutionize 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 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.