According to the association, the current amount paid students for research work ranging from GH₵ 450 to GH₵ 900 depending on a student's programme of study is woefully inadequate for quality research work.
This was contained in a statement dated and signed by the President of GRASAG, Mr Kwame Bonah Osafo-Ampomah and the National Secretary, Mr Jacob Apibilla Ayembilla on Thursday, 12th October, 2017, and copied to GhCampus.com.
"The annual Bursary and Thesis Grant ranging from GHS 450 – 900 per graduate student; depending on one’s programme of study, is woefully in adequate for quality research work, and plead with government to come to the aide of the graduate student by seeing to at least a 50% increment in our Bursary and Thesis Grant, across board," the statement said.
The leadership proposes that government should consider introducing electronic mode of application to ease the stress students go through as result of the cumbersome manual application process.
The statement added that the bursary and thesis grant for the 2016/2017 academic year had not yet been paid and the association, through its leaders is appealing to the government to as a matter of urgency release the funds to aid their research work.
The association, however, applauds Akufo-Addo led government for delivering on major promises made to the people of Ghana during last year's electioneering periods. Notable amongst them are the implementation of the free senior high school policy and restoration of the nursing allowance for the trainees.
"GRASAG applauds the President and his government for these great strides in his first nine (9) months in government," the association said.
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.
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