According to GRASAG National President Mr Kwame Bonah, the Bursary and Thesis grant was supposed to be released in the second week of December but due to the delay in submitting the forms and other unforseen circumstances only those Institutions that have duly submitted their forms shall receive their money.
President Bonah made this revelation in an exclusive interview with GhCampus concerning update on Bursary and Thesis grant.
"The issue was that the delay was not coming from the Scholarship Secretariat because last week, we were there (Scholarship Secretariat) and the issue was that it delayed because Institutions like KNUST and UG, Legon. When they were sending their forms, they were supposed to arrange them or sort them out. What happened was that these two Institutions mixed everything up. MBA, MPhil, MSc, mixed everything unlike other Institutions everything was sorted out... since KNUST and UG have the numbers, it took them 3 weeks to sort out," the President said.
President Bonah further debunked rumours that the Scholarship Secretariat is processing 2016/2017 Bursary and Thesis grant with software but rather hope to go electronic for the 2017/2018 academic year.
"As part of our campaign promise, we were of the view that Graduate students are of age. We are more than capable to apply for our bursary online or electronically. The manual system is cumbersome. The initial proposal from the Scholarship Secretariat was that since that one (referring to electronic) is faster why not we send last academic year back but we told them no since some people have completed and they are outside. We can't let them come again and then do the registration again. So the conclusion was that for this academic year application hopefully we will go electronic," he said.
He is hopeful that disbursement of the bursaries will begin soon.
On the issue of some member institutions threatening to withdraw and not participate in GRASAG National activities, President Bonah said no institution has withdrawn formally from the mother association.
"At the National Secretariat, to the best of our knowledge all Institutions are part of us. Even though, its normal for some Institutions to show that recalcitrant kind of attitude. At our last Senate, Senators raised this issue. They brought it up and they wanted us take final conclusion on them. But we pleaded with to the Senate to give us sometime," he added.