The recent revelation of irregularities in the operations of the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat has sparked widespread concern and calls for accountability. Amidst mounting public scrutiny, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has initiated an investigation into the Secretariat’s activities since July 2023. However, doubts linger regarding the effectiveness of such an inquiry, given the pervasive influence of partisan politics and the historical shortcomings of the OSP in addressing corruption within the government.

Reports have exposed instances where scholarships were awarded to applicants from affluent families, in stark contradiction to the Secretariat’s mandate to support financially disadvantaged yet academically promising students. This glaring discrepancy has raised questions about the integrity and fairness of the scholarship allocation process, prompting the Minority in Parliament to demand a thorough investigation by the OSP.

However, skepticism persists regarding the OSP’s ability to conduct a successful inquiry, given the entrenched partisan interests in Ghanaian politics and the OSP’s track record of inefficiency in retrieving stolen funds and apprehending corrupt officials. Relying solely on the OSP to investigate the Scholarship Secretariat may not yield the desired results for the country.

In light of these challenges, there is a pressing need to explore alternative avenues for addressing the systemic issues plaguing scholarship allocation in Ghana. Rather than entrusting the OSP with the sole responsibility of investigating the Secretariat, it is imperative to pursue broader reforms aimed at depoliticizing the scholarship allocation process and ensuring transparency and accountability.

I rightly emphasize the importance of allowing the rationale for the establishment of the Scholarship Secretariat to function without partisan interference. The crux of the matter lies in upholding the original purpose of the Secretariat – to provide educational opportunities for financially disadvantaged yet academically deserving students, free from political favoritism and nepotism.

The OSP may not possess the necessary tools or impartiality to address the systemic issues undermining the integrity of scholarship allocation in Ghana. Instead, we must focus on implementing structural reforms that promote meritocracy, transparency, and accountability within the Scholarship Secretariat. Strengthening oversight mechanisms, establishing clear criteria for scholarship awards, and holding officials accountable for their actions are essential steps toward restoring public trust and confidence in the scholarship system.

In conclusion, while the OSP’s investigation into the Scholarship Secretariat is a step in the right direction, it is clear that a more comprehensive approach is needed to address the root causes of corruption and mismanagement in scholarship allocation. By prioritizing transparency, fairness, and meritocracy, Ghana can ensure that every deserving student has equal access to educational opportunities, irrespective of their socioeconomic background or political affiliations.

I am a concerned citizen of Ghana and Africa is born in me.

Ghana first.


William Boadi
Executive Director of EAI, Educationist, Political analyst, and Social Worker.

EAI: Promoting Quality Education, and Ensuring Social Justice.