The Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and the
Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
(NaCCA) Dr. Prince Armah, have denied receiving scholarships to pursue further
studies under the current government.
Most Ghanaians have been incensed on social media following an audit report that Dr.Prempeh and Dr. Armah including other government appointees were granted scholarships by GETFund to support their education.
GETFund , reacting to the news, clarified that the officials were given the scholarship years before the current Akufo-Addo administration, adding the Act which sets up the Fund “is not limited to needy but brilliant students.”
“The Fund may, per its mandate, also provide support for such other educational activities and programmes to serve strategic national interests.
“The above having been served, it is worthy of note that the aforementioned persons have not been awarded scholarships by the Fund under the current administration,” the GETFund statement read.
The Education Minister and the NaCCA boss have both reacted to the various media reports below:
I HAVE NOTED WITH DISAPPOINTMENT A NEWS STORY CARRIED IN SOME SECTIONS OF THE MEDIA, NOTABLY MYJOYONLINE.COM AND ECHOED ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WHICH SUGGESTS THAT I ABUSED MY POSITION AS A GOVERNMENT APPOINTEE TO PROCURE A SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE GHANA EDUCATION TRUST FUND FOR STUDIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
FIRST OF ALL, HAD ANY OF THESE MEDIA HOUSES ATTEMPTED THE BAREST DUE DILIGENCE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO A CHECK ON MY PUBLICLY AVAILABLE RECORDS, THEY WOULD HAVE NOTICED THAT MY STUDIES AT THE ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM PREDATED MY ENTRY INTO PUBLIC SERVICE BY AT LEAST THREE YEARS.
HOWEVER, FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, LET THE FOLLOWING BE NOTED.
1. That I am indeed a proud and grateful recipient of a Ghana Education Trust Fund scholarship.
2. That I applied for and won the scholarship in 2012 to study for a doctorate in Mathematics Education at the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom in 2012
3. That not only was this scholarship deserved, it was validated, if that were needed, by several awards and grants awarded by various institutions in the United Kingdom during my period of study
4. That in fulfilment of the promise I made, I immediately returned to Ghana after my studies, despite the opportunity and ability to remain in the UK to take up more lucrative appointments.
5. That I believe that the scholarship scheme we have is best used to support needy students, as I was then, in order to give them a chance to contribute to the task of nation-building, as I have done every day since my studies.
IN CONCLUSION, I URGE THE PUBLIC TO DISREGARD THIS PALPABLY FALSE STORY THAT IS DRIVEN PURELY BY THE WORST POLITICAL INSTINCTS THAT WE MUST WORK TO BANISH FROM MY NATION, WHILE WE ACTIVELY WORK TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITY AND BRIDGE THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITIES IN OUR NATION, A TASK I AM FULLY COMMITTED TO IN MY DUTIES AT THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT.
PRINCE HAMID ARMAH, PHD
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT
Dr. Mathew OpokuPrempeh: