The Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) has given government one week to pay the thesis and bursary grants due its members.
This follows persistent delays by the Finance Ministry to release the 2015/2016 grants to students pursuing various Masters and Ph.D. programmes in public tertiary institutions across the country.
GRASAG President, Rashid Kwesi Etuaful, said the non-release of the grant defeats the purpose for which it was instituted. The grants are aimed at subsidizing academic expenses. They are also a demonstration of how government values post-graduate education.
He says they would be compelled to picket the Flagstaff House on September 21 in protest if the cheques are not released to the Scholarship Secretariat by Friday, 16th September 2016.
Mr Etuaful added that it was inconceivable that government would drag its feet in paying a paltry sum of GHS450.00 to post-graduate students in fields such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Arts (MA).
He cited the delay in the release of the grants in the 2012/2013 and the 2014/2015 academic years as testament to government’s mishandling of GRASAG members over the years.