Graduate students in the country are appealing to the government to increase their bursaries and thesis grant by at least 50%.
According to them, the current amount between GH¢ 450 and Gh¢900 per graduate, is woefully inadequate for quality research.
The Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) in a release on the matter, lamented the delay in the release of their 2016/2017 academic year.
“The annual Bursary and Thesis Grant ranging from GH¢ 450 – GH¢900 per student; depending on one’s programme of study, is woefully inadequate for quality research work, and we plead with government to come to the aid of the graduate students by seeing to at least 50% increment in our Bursary and Thesis Grant, across board.”
The Graduate Students also urged the government to adopt technology in the application process for Bursaries and Thesis Grants to ease the stress on students.
“We also would want government to take a second look at the application process for the Bursary and Thesis Grant. In this age of technological advancement, we wish to be migrated, from the cumbersome manual process, to an electronic platform, to ease the stress on graduate students”
“The Bursary and Thesis Grant for the 2016/2017 academic year is also yet to be released, and we plead with the government to see to the quick release of the funds to aid in our research work,” the statement said.
The Graduate Students also expressed fear that their monies for the next academic year may delay due to the fact that “we are yet to receive application forms to commence the application process. We ask that the forms be released on time to commence the process of application.”
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana