Government has announced that the double-track system of education will be introduced in public Senior High Schools (SHS) by the start of September.
Despite some criticism from certain quarters, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by President Akufo-Addo, appear focused on introducing the system.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), IMANI Africa and the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) have all raised concerns over the implementation of the double track system.
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.
But according to government, it is determined to explore all options to enhance quality under the Free SHS programme and address all challenges with the implementation of the policy.
The intentions may be good, but below are three reasons why the double track system may fail:
1. The policy was rushed
For some inexplicable reasons, the government looks like it is in a rush to implement the double track system. In fact, earlier this month, President Akufo-Addo announced that the system will be introduced for the next academic year, which starts in September.
Rushing to implement the system means there is a tendency that it could fail. This is because such a system has never been used in Ghana, and its introduction best serves as a pilot, despite government’s reluctance to accept this fact.
It would have best to plan better before introducing the system. But as it stands, it is obvious that the planning was hastily done and that could lead to its failure.
2. Done with short-term thoughts
Another reason why the double track system of education may fail is the fact that it is being implemented with a short-term thought.
Whiles this could have been a brilliant idea, the circumstances surrounding the introduction of the system suggest it is being done out of desperation, rather than will. The only reason why government is opting for the double track system is due to the infrastructural deficit in many public schools.
Sometimes it’s good to go in for short-term solutions, but not when the education and the futures of students are at stake. If the students end up failing, then the system will equally be considered a failure.
3. Adaptation will be difficult for teachers and students
Now, here is the tricky part. The double track system is set to be implemented on new entrants or first-year students in the SHS. The problem with this is that these new entrants are students who are not used to this this kind of this system.
What this means is that, many of them may struggle to adapt since it’s their first time schooling under such a system. Also, teachers may struggle because neither are they also used to this sort of system.
And, once the adaptation increasingly gets difficult, the system will also struggle to become a success.
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