Former Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh says he does not regret benefiting from the GETFund Scholarship and will do it again if he gets the opportunity.
He made this emphatic statement during his session with the Vetting Committee of Parliament on Friday, February 12, 2021.
He said, “Members of this House [Parliament] access scholarships from GETFund. Even on that particular course [in 2016]. I went with someone on the Majority side [at the time.] I do not regret it, it wasn’t done for just me and if I get the same opportunity, I will do it again.”
Surprisingly, his remark comes as a shocker to a previous statement he made when his name initially appeared in a list of scholarship beneficiaries of the scheme in an audit report from the Attorney-General.
Responding to the news of he been a beneficiary of the scheme, the Energy Minister-designate described the report as “false and calculated to cause embarrassment and public ridicule.”
He explained that he was a “recipient of GETFund award in 2014 to participate in a 3-week certificate program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.”
The Auditor-General ultimately indicted the GETFund for breaching its mandate and “illegally” funding foreign scholarships.
In an official statement addressing the scholarship fund, the performance audit report said the GETFund Secretariat “breached the object of the fund and administered the scholarship themselves.”
The report also said, “GETFund did not establish any systems, policies and procedures to ensure the economic, efficient and effective use of public funds.”
The Auditor-General concluded that the failings of the GETFund led to brilliant but needy students being deprived of scholarship in favour of politicians in some cases.