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101 JSS Graduates Receive Schoolarship

2005-03-16 22:11:28
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THE Northern Ghana Education Trust Fund (NETFUND) has presented a scholarship package worth several millions of cedis to junior secondary school graduates selected from the Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions.
The package will enable the recipients, made up of 50 boys and 51 girls, who excelled in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) last year to pursue secondary education in schools of their choice.

The NETFUND was established in 1998 to raise funds to help brilliant, needy students from the three regions of the north to access higher education and to support educational infrastructure in the north. At the moment, a total of 151 students have benefited from the fund.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, the Regional Minister, Mr Boniface Gambilla, said even though the educational sector of the economy took a large chunk of the national budget, the government , nevertheless, still solicited the support and collaboration of development partners to complement its efforts to ensure that as much money as possible was mobilised for education.

He, therefore, commended the managers of NETFUND for their role in the development of education, particularly in northern Ghana.
He observed that the institution of the fund had no doubt generated the spirit of healthy competition and the desire for excellence in schools.

Mr Gambilla urged the beneficiary students to be disciplined, both in school and at home, in order to make good grades in their examinations.

On behalf of the Regional Co-ordinating Council and the municipal and district assemblies, he pledged an amount of ¢10 million to support the NETFUND.

The Chairman of NETFUND, Alhaji R. Gbadamosi, in a speech read on his behalf, appealed to individuals and organisations to support the fund to meet its objectives.

Present at the function were the Directors of Education of the three northern regions, members of the Board of Trustees of the fund, Municipal and District Directors of Education, traditional rulers, heads of institutions, as well as some parents of the beneficiary students.


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