The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has released the No Guarantor Student Loan Policy on the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technolgy (KNUST) in Kumasi, on Wednesday June 8, 2022.
The No Guarantor Student Loan Policy, a promise made by President Akufo-Addo during the 2020 elections campaign trail, is to make tertiary schooling reachable to Ghanaian youth, especially graduates from the noticeably subscribed Free Senior High School policy.
With the No Guarantor Student Loan Policy, the tiduos and restrictive coverage of college students imparting 3 SSNIT contributors as guarantors earlier than they may get entry to scholar loan for tertiary schooling, has been abolished. The No Guarantor Student Loan Policy Dr. Bawumia explained, makes it feasible for certified younger Ghanaians to get entry to loans to fund their tertiary schooling, the usage of their Ghanacard.
Speaking at the launch, Vice President Bawumia said, the coming into fruition of the pro-poor policy, will remove barriers and significantly increase inclusive access to tertiary education.
“The removal of the guarantor requirement is a critical first step to ensuring cost is not a barrier to access and participation in tertiary education,” Dr. Bawumia said.
“Indeed, these are exciting times to be a youth in Ghana. One can go through education from basic to tertiary with guaranteed support from Government.”
The Vice President stated that globally, loans have enabled financially challenged people to undergo Universities and pay after graduation and President Akufo-Addo acknowledged this need, and the demanding situations related to college students getting guarantors to secure loans, therefore the creation of the No Gurantor Policy to ease the load of parents of certified Free SHS graduates.
Expressing his satisfaction over the launch of the policy and the way it’s going to assist the poor, Dr. Bawumia gave a startling statistic of what number of college students are not able to get admission to guarantor-required college students loans, thus, likely being denied entry to tertiary education.
“Evidence shows that the guarantor requirement poses a barrier to access. Out of the 325,000 eligible students whose details were submitted by all the tertiary institutions on the Student Loans portfolio, only 9.6% could access the loan in the 2019/20 academic year,’ Dr. Bawumia revealed.
“Similarly, only 8.4% of eligible students could access loans in 2016/2017, 9.8% in 2017/18 and 8.6% in 2015/16. Further, in the 2019/20 academic year, 42% of the 7,552 loan applicants could not submit their completed forms because of difficulty finding eligible guarantors,” he added.
“We promised to remove the guarantor requirement as a condition for loan access in the 2020 manifesto of the NPP. In fulfilment of this promise, the Government has revised the policy; hence, tertiary students will not have to present a Guarantor in order to access student loans. Effective this school year, all eligible tertiary students will have to submit their Ghana Card to access the loans,” Dr. Bawumia said.
Dr. Bawumia also expressed delight that the No Guarantor Student Loan Policy has been made possible through the Ghanacard thanks to the investment the government has made in digital infrastructure, which has made the Ghanacard a reliable national identity card for Ghanaians.
“This is one of the benefits we derive as country by prioritizing digitalization. It is at the core of every serious econiomic mangement.”
Various Speakers at the ceremony, including the Vice Chancellor of KNUST Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson and the President of NUGS, Dennis Appiah Larbi, expressed gratitude to the government of President Akufo-Addo for the policy.
All the speakers agree the policy will open doors for more brilliant but needy students to access tertiary education, which they usually miss out due to lack of funding.
Also present at the ceremony was the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, who expressed his Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the success of the policy.
The No Guarantor Student Loan Policy is another milestone in education after expanding access to secondary education through the Free SHS policy.
Qualified students are required to apply online to the Ghana Students Loan Trust with their Ghanacard and successful students will have their fees paid directly to their tertiary institutions.