Ghana is getting ready to roll out the double track educational system for the Senior High Schools (SHSs) from September 2018.
As expected the initiative has been met with a plethora of reactions from a cross-section of Ghanaians, who are eagerly waiting to see how it turns out.
In the light of the varying reactions to the policy, some reasons may give the government an option to take a second look at the policy before it is rolled out:
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1. 400 schools will be used to pilot the project
There are currently 475 Senior High Schools in Ghana. However 400 of them will be used to pilot the double track system. Criteria for selection of the schools to be used may raise a few eyebrows, as an element of bias or neglect may be present.
2. Challenges of the free SHS programme
The Free SHS programme was introduced in September 2018, and was subjected to criticisms from a cross-section of Ghanaians. Challenges such as classroom and dormitory sizes, coupled with the risk of infections were paramount in discussions. The likelihood of the system also facing challenges cannot be ignored.
3. Facilities needed in schools
Some schools may not be equipped to handle the number of students to be admitted in September 2018. Issues of capacity and equipment needed to roll out the programme may reveal some ugly truths.
4. Employment of more teachers
An increase in the number of students to be admitted will call for the need to employ more teachers in the schools. The cost component of bringing in more teachers may be lost on a number of Ghanaians.
5. Compromise on quality of education
Increased admissions may have a negative consequence on the quality of education to be given to the students. The absence of a plan to ensure that the students are sufficiently tutored may turn the brilliant initiative into a nightmarish experience for the government, the schools and the students.
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