The president, Nana Kwame Asarfo-Agyei, noted at a press conference held in Accra on 26th July, 2016 that the delay in the release of the grants was causing unbearable hardships to their members, particularly in the completion of their research work as many students get stranded on the field collecting data.
“Over the past few years the excessive delay of allowance is causing students to go through unbearable hardship. Particularly in the completion of our research work and many students find themselves stranded on the field collecting data,” he said.
Nana Asarfo-Agyei added that the association will be slow to believe that the delay in the release of the grants over the years is a deliberate attempt by government to gradually scrap it, and warned that such an action will cripple post-graduate education in Ghana.
“We want to be slow to believe that this is another way of silently cancelling this research grant,” the president said.
He appealed to government to find a permanent solution to the persistent delay in the disbursement of the grants and to also consider increasing the amount paid to them.
He disclosed that they have formally petitioned the President through the Chief of Staff, Hon. Julius Debrah, the leadership of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, the Minister of Education and the Registrar of the National Scholarship Secretariat. Copies of the petition have been sent to the following heads of institutions were copied: the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon and the leadership of GRASAG National.
The annual bursary and thesis grants are among five types of scholarships for public universities under the Local Tertiary Scholarship Awards of the Scholarship Secretariat of the Republic of Ghana. The thesis grants are payments made to PhD, MPhil and MA/Postgraduate Diploma students working on their research for one academic year. The bursary grants, on the other hand, are paid uniformly across board to mitigate the cost of postgraduate education in Ghana.