Barely 24 hours after a performance audit report by the Auditor-General on the administration of scholarships by GETFund was released, Ghanaians have taken to social media to express their disappointment in some public figures, politicians and government appointees who were implicated in the report.
Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Procurement Minister and Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Sarah Adwoa Safo, Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, as well as other government appointees, were listed as beneficiaries of the GETFund scholarships, a policy meant for poor but brilliant students.
While the Education Ministry and its Minister have come out to defend the action which, saw Dr. Opoku-Prempeh receiving an amount of $12,800 for living expenses and $11,200 as tuition fees for a 3-week National and International Security course at Harvard University, many remain displeased.
Taking to social media platforms Twitter and Facebook to share experiences with the scheme and also express their displeasure, a cross-section of Ghanaians called for reforms and fairness in the implementation of the scheme.
Most were of the view that public officials whether in power or in opposition, do not qualify under the poor, needy but brilliant category stated in the GETFund Act, 2000 (Act 581).
They are also questioning the process used by the Secretariat to grant scholarships to students.
Find some social media posts below
I know the world will never be fair but we can all help be considerate with the degree of fairness sometimes.
How about GetFund for only admissions in Ghana? And up to first degree, no masters. If you want to continue after first degree find the money elsewhere, not GetFund!
— Bodwiase Elon MuskðŸ¤µðŸ¿ (@kboakye92) February 23, 2020
Most People are even denied local scholarships by GETFund bah they have enough funds to sponsor foreign scholarships and give them all those allowances, worse of, those politician kids will come back and be given managerial positions. What chance does the poor man have?
— Question Everything (@elikem_1) February 23, 2020
40. The Auditor General may disallow the expenditures by GETFund Secretariat in the management of foreign scholarships which he deems were contrary to law and surcharge the persons involved”.
— chief bute (@chiefbute) February 23, 2020
Some of the corruption cases when you hear them it”™s just to bad. GETFUND hmmmm
— GÃ©Ã±Ã¨ðŸ‡¬ðŸ‡ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ (@geviva) February 23, 2020
Dear your Excellency @NAkufoAddo ,
Please stand up for this country please.
If you are standing up already too,flash the rays of your corruption fighting torch at the GETFUND sch’ship Secretariat, Ghana Audit Service recruitment and many more.
— SB Damtar (@SbDamtar) February 23, 2020
The Minister of Education has taken scholarship from GETFUND to further his studies. So now government scholarship are for the rich or for government officials and their families only.
— ð‘¬ð’‡ð’ ð’€ð’‚ð’ (@_Efo_Yao) February 23, 2020
Under Akufo-Addo, we have “BRILLIANT BUT NEEDY” Ministers who personally benefit from GETFund scholarship to the detriment of poor Ghanaians.
Check the ff. nos.:
38- Education Minister
81- Deputy Agric Minister
82- Employment Minister
88- Procurement Minister#TaxPayersMoney pic.twitter.com/DM5MYlyFIz
— Obibini Richard Lartey (@ObibiniRichie) February 23, 2020
+ $12,800 living expenses. Meanwhile the conference cos $,8500 and same conference was paid for by NHIA. Now which conference did GETFUND pay for at the same Harvard? pic.twitter.com/7x4mSBTrE9
— Che Esq.ðŸ‡¬ðŸ‡ðŸ‡³ðŸ‡¬ðŸ‡¬ðŸ‡§ (@CheEsquire) February 23, 2020
According to GETFund”™s Annual Reports from 2012 to 2018, the Secretariat expended GHÂ¢425,698,973 on Scholarships on 3,112 beneficiaries out of which 2,217 persons were unlawfully granted scholarships to study abroad””Audit Report #JoySMS #Joy997fm #Joynews
— Raymond Acquah (@mondrayac) February 23, 2020
GETFUND and MoE what are they taking us for? You release a press to insult the intelligence of Ghanaians the more. They have denied several students or deserving ones this scholarship rather awarding ministers and government officials who have the capacity to fund their studies. pic.twitter.com/7CyMSan21B
— ð‘¬ð’‡ð’ ð’€ð’‚ð’ (@_Efo_Yao) February 24, 2020
If these Ministers, named as recipients of GetFund scholarships to study…, to the detriment of those who really need these scholarships, is just sad chalehttps://t.co/AjfcshzsmU
— b. (@fr3me_Bella) February 24, 2020