- Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has likened the double track system to multiple church services
- He added that it is an innovative idea that should be supported by Ghanaians
- The double track system will begin in Senior High Schools from September 2018
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has compared the double track system to multiple church services.
Speaking at the 2018 Oguaa Fetu Afahye festival celebrated by the people of Cape Coast in the Central Region, he said that the system is an innovative idea that should be supported.
According to him, the rising number of Junior High School leavers coupled with government’s policy to tackle poverty through the provision of education, makes the double track system viable for the time being.
Dr. Bawumia explained that “the churches have thought us that if you have one church building and you have many churchgoers you can have one service at 7:00 am and the second service at 9:00 am and they will all still get the word of the lord.
So we are using an innovative means to bring in the double track system.”
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, likened the double track system to multiple church services, a comment that was met with criticisms.
“We have some of the Christian churches and because the church cannot take the number of people in the church, they have first service, second service third service, fourth service. Do they receive lower quality preaching or teaching?” he questioned.
He went on to say that there was no need for Christians to go for the second service if they had reservations about it.
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In his opinion, the system will solve a problem for almost everybody who qualifies to go to senior high school to go to Senior High School free of charge.
Beginning September 2018, second cycle schools in Ghana will run a semester module as part of moves to address infrastructural challenges brought on by the Free SHS programme.
To this end, some 400 out of the 696 public senior high schools have been selected to operate the system.
The schools would accommodate the over 180,000 students who are expected to gain admission into SHS this year.
This, the government will ensure the fulfillment of its promise of providing equal opportunity for every Ghanaian child to gain access to secondary education.
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