A report by the Auditor-General has revealed how various sums of money were advanced to some senior government officials as scholarship beneficiaries.
In the Performance Audit Report, Education Minister Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh received the sum of $12,800 for living expenses and $11,200 as tuition fees for National and International Security course at Harvard University.
Similarly, Minister of State in-charge of Procurement, Adwoa Safo received $12, 800 in allowances and $17, 0004 for tuition fee for a course at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Executive Director of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), Dr Prince Hamidu Armah was also captured as receiving £38,400 for living expenses and £33,000 for tuition fees for Philosophy in Education programme at the University of Aberdeen.
The Auditor-General has revealed that between 2012 to 2017 scholarship funds were doled out to persons other than those who needed it.
“In granting scholarships, GETFund Secretariat did not institute a robust selection process from 2012 to 2017 leading to haphazard granting of scholarships to Ghanaians to the detriment of those who really needed it,” the report said.
The report also disclosed that “GETFund Secretariat did not also follow the requirements of the Financial Administration Act, 2003, (Act 654) to establish systems, policies and procedures to ensure the efficient and effective use of public funds. In so doing, GETFund Secretariat did not efficiently expend GH¢1.8 million of public funds from 2012 to 2018.”