At least,135 needy students have been awarded with a scholarship packages to enable them further their secondary and tertiary education by the office of Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region, Dr Clement Abassinab Apaak.
The Scholarship set up by the MP through his shares of the Members of Parliament Common Fund, incorporated in the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) is to complement parents efforts at providing quality education for the deprived, marginalised students in the constituency.
A total of 355 needy students applied for the MP scholarship, but the office was able to approved 135, of which 96 students drawn from various tertiary schools and 39 from the second cycles institutions across the constituency.
The beneficiaries received between 300 to 400 scholarship financial packages which is subjected to scrutiny by a five member scholarship committee set up by the MP, Dr Clement Apaak.
Dr Apaak told THE REPUBLIC, the objective of setting up the scholarship committee was to first identify the most marginalized and underprivileged students, their level of education and subject of study to help inform the office the appropriate package.
The MP said those students who had gone through their secondary education and had gained admission to tertiary institutions but without financial support would be major beneficiaries.
However, students at the tertiary level who are on government pay roll or have had some private enterprise sources of income are not eligible under the scholarship, unless the circumstance is beyond control.
This, the MP said would bring down the numbers of school drop-outs in the Builsa South communities, adding that, the award of scholarship was also to enable the constituents to acquire secular education better.
Dr Apaak who is passionate about the educational needs of the constituent further noted that, students who applied but could not receive disbursement would be prioritized in subsequent batch of scholarship .
While assuring the constituent of his resolve to improve standard of education in the Builsa South, the outspoken lawmaker also entreat parents and guardians to take interest in their children education, for education remained the backbone of development.
He however advised the beneficiaries to take their studies seriously because they have been selected among the many applicants, saying “this shows you are blessed, so work hard and you would achieve your aim.”
He further entreated the beneficiaries to make good use of the money they had received to sustain the foundation.
Sources:www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba