Ghanaian Students in Hungary Face Challenges as Stipend Payments are Delayed

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Ghanaian students in Hungary hit by stipend delays. Challenges rise as payments stall. Stay informed on the latest developments.

The Ghana Students Association in Hungary (GASH) has sounded the alarm regarding the prolonged delay in distributing stipends, which is significantly impacting the lives and academic endeavors of Ghanaian students studying in Hungary.

Voicing their frustration, the students deplored the Ghanaian government’s failure to disburse monthly stipends to approximately 215 students over the past six months. These students, enrolled in undergraduate, Masters, and PhD programs, are facing financial difficulties due to the absence of timely payments.

In a joint statement, students emphasized the adverse effects of the government’s inaction, citing compromised academic performance and declining mental well-being as among the consequences.

Despite the established agreement between Ghana and Hungary, the stipends have remained elusive, exacerbating the already challenging circumstances faced by Ghanaian students abroad.

While the Hungarian government has honoured its commitment under the scholarship agreement, the soaring cost of living in Hungary further compounds the students’ predicament.

Despite numerous pleas to Ghanaian authorities, including the Government, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat, tangible steps to rectify the situation have yet to materialize.

In response, the Association has urgently called upon the Government of Ghana, along with relevant stakeholders, to expedite the disbursement of stipends to the affected students, recognizing the critical need to alleviate their financial burdens and safeguard their academic pursuits.

Below is the full statement:

Source: Citi news

 

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