In a press statement, the association's executives said they are reliably informed that the Secretariat intends to implement a centralised system of disbursement as they have requested all institutions to collate and submit bank details of recommended applicants for direct payment which has not been the usual practice over the years.
The Secretariat, in the past implemented a decentralised system where funds were released to local GRASAG of various institutions for onward disbursement to beneficiaries. But with this new directive, the Scholarships Secretariat will directly disburse the funds to individual applicants.
The executives consider this directive as a move to further delay the release of the funds which is already in arrears.
"We strongly believe it [the new mode of payment] will only further delay the monies already in arrears," the statement stated.
They also noted that GRASAG, as a major stakeholder was not consulted before the sudden change in mode of payment which they beleive is not congenial to the graduate student at this material moment.
"The National Executive Committee (NEC) on several occasions met with the Registrar and the entire management team of the Scholarships Secretariat and this mode of payment never came up in our discussions, we therefore don’t agree," the statement noted.
They noted that they will cooperate with the Scholarships Secretariat but that notwithstanding, they have run out of patience and cannot wait any further and will resort to other means of communication since they have exhausted all dialogue procedures.
Attached below is a copy of the press statement.