According to him,his outfit is making it possible to award the scholarships to those who will pass the nationwide interview and will be giving the needed financial support.
The nationwide interview session has begun simultaneously across the country to select qualified tertiary students in both public and private institutions.
The successful students according to Kingsley Agyemang will be awarded scholarships for the 2020/21 academic year.
Mr.Agyemang told the press that about 75,000 students have applied online for the scholarship and have underwent an online aptitude test.
Indicating that those applicants will be interviewed at their preferred Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country as that of Kumasi was done at the premises of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly today.
He reviewed that ,a panel of seven members comprising a representative each of the District Chief Executive, a Chief, a tertiary institution, District Directorate of Education, the Member of Parliament of the area, and two persons from the Scholarship Secretariat, is undertaking the week-long exercise at all the MMDAs.
Adding that,the interview panel would grill the applicants in four thematic areas, which include motivation and comprehension, current affairs, aptitude test, and prior learning, and score them using an online platform to ensure transparency.
He announced that ,government has allocated ¢80,000,000 to cater for the academic user facility fees of all successful applicants, which covered certificate cases, diplomas, undergraduate, and graduate programmes.
He said it was the third phase of the local tertiary scholarship decentralisation initiative introduced by the government to ensure affordability, whilst increasing access to tertiary education.
At the Kumasi Metropolis, about 15000 applicants would be interviewed during the period of the exercise.
Mr. Agyemang said this was a novelty, adding, “It has never been introduced for almost the 60 years of the existence of the Scholarship Secretariat.This is to make sure that more people have access to tertiary education. Now people in Kumasi Metropolis do not need to travel to Accra. The scholarship has been brought to their doorsteps.”
He explained that for the 2021/22 academic year, a new set of students would apply to be selected for the scholarship.
According to him, any of those applicants to be selected for the 2020/21 academic year, who would still want the scholarship in subsequent years, would have to go through a renewal process.The candidates would be assessed based on their performance during the previous academic year.
He said the method is used to select the beneficiaries was transparent to ensure that those, who merit the awards, were selected to benefit from it.
Source: Broadcastergh.com/Ayisah Foster