Uganda is at risk of losing most foreign scholarships unless the country improves on the quality of students sent for studies on the scholarships, Jessica Alupo, the Minister of Education and Sports has warned.
According to Alupo, most of the students who benefit from the foreign scholarships don’t qualify on merit, but are favored because of their links with some officials handling the scholarships.
Reports from the education ministry indicate that the scholarship awarding process is marred by corruption, favoritism, poor selection criteria and lack of a clear structure for awarding the scholarship. Alupo says she is disturbed by the state of the scholarship recipients.
She explains that they are embarrassed whenever they meet donors and scholarship awarding authorities, who express concern about the quality of the beneficiaries. Alupo wonders the criteria used by the scholarship boards to select beneficiaries.
Alupo also wonders why the country has so many committees handling the same process of awarding scholarships. She cites, the Central Scholarship Committee, Joint Admissions Board and Board of Trustees. She has called for the centralization of the scholarship awarding process at a single stop center.