Executive Director for IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has described as premature, government’s decision to implement the double-track system in the various Senior High Schools.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has confirmed that from September 2018, his government will implement the double track System for new entrants into the country’s public Senior High Schools.
[contextly_sidebar id=”XCDks6yFdWWPiEwK8HO12dFy30HUzj9X”]This new system is expected to reduce class sizes and increase contact hours
Speaking on Citi TV’s/FM’s News Analysis Programme The Big Issue, Mr. Cudjoe said the policy was not carefully thought-through before being rolled out.
“The policy is zero analysis-backed and poorly thought-through… The education on the double track system needs to be done and decentralized properly so parents can understand, not by the government communicators, some of whom don’t seem to understand it.”
The education sector has been battling with several challenges which span from infrastructure to students’ poor performance at both Junior High School and Senior High School levels.
Reports show that out of the over 500,000 students who graduate from Junior High School in Ghana, not all of them are able to go to SHS not only due to failure, but also as a result of inadequate space at the secondary school level.
With the multi-track system, the number of prospective students will be enrolled within two separate entries, while the vacation periods are made to last longer.
For this to be rolled out successfully, it has been suggested that the three-term academic calendar system for Senior High Schools would have to be reduced to two semesters as is done in the universities.
The proposal has been met with varied opinions.
By: Marian Ansah/citinewsroom.com/Ghana