Free SHS will break "poverty trap" – Akufo-Addo

Free SHS will break "poverty trap" – Akufo-Addo

- President Akufo-Addo says no amount of propaganda will stop government from implementing the double track system

- According to the President, education is the only springboard to get Ghanaians out of the “trap of poverty”

President Akufo-Addo has re-affirmed that the double track system will be implemented, saying no amount of propaganda can stand in the way of government.

He said government is determined to explore all options to enhance quality under the free Senior High School (SHS) program.

Earlier this month, government announced that the double track system will be deployed, starting September, as a means of addressing challenges with the implementation of the free SHS policy.

Free SHS will break "poverty trap" – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to embrace the system and make sure it succeeds. Source:

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This particular system of education divides the entire student body and staff into two different tracks; so while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.

However, since government announced its plans to introduce the new module, there have been divided opinions among the public.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has strongly kicked against the move, demanding that wider consultations are made concerning the implementation of the system.

Also, policy think tank, IMANI Africa, has raised concerns with the implementation of the double track system, describing it as premature.

However, President Akufo-Addo believes this system can be successfully implemented, insisting no propaganda will stand in the way of his government.

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Addressing a gathering during the 70th-anniversary celebrations of the Ghana National College in Cape Coast, the President said once other countries have been able to implement the double track system, Ghana can also do it.

We cannot wait to address all the issues with infrastructure before we continue with the policy…Far from it being a new intervention that is being experimented in Ghana, it is noteworthy that it has been implemented elsewhere and found to be successful,” Nana Addo stated.

I am confident that the end result of the system will lead to an increase in quality of our SHS structure; free SHS has come to stay contrary to what motivated the propagandists and the professional naysayers would have you believe,” he added.

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