Vacation classes will be organized in church halls for Free SHS students – GES

Vacation classes will be organized in church halls for Free SHS students – GES

- The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced plans of organizing vacation classes in church halls

- The classes are designed for students who will be on break so they will be engaged as they wait for their turn to go to school

The Ghana Education Service (GES), has revealed plans of using church halls, community centres and private schools across the country for students on vacation.

According to a report by 3news.com, the Deputy Public Relations Officer of GES, Isaac Asiedu Odei, disclosed that this will help augment the regular double track system.

He further explained that the move is to ensure that students on vacation can be engaged while they wait their turn to go to school.

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Odei went on to say that some church halls and community centres are already being used for extra classes as such the ministry will take advantage of the situation.

“You know we have a lot of church halls or community centres; it’s a temporary kind of structure and you know people are organixing classes in some of these structures already, and we can even take advantage of some private schools, when they close we can also go in there,” he stated.

Odei added that that government will place about four teachers in every district or circuit to take charge of the classes.

He noted that all stakeholders have been duly consulted and are in the know of what is about to happen.

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Plan are in place to ensure the start of a double track system for the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy from September 2018.

With the new system, the first year students will be split into two groups: Green Track and Gold Track, and attend the first phase of the first semesters in 41 alternating days.

This means that while the Green Track is in school for 41 days, the Gold Track will stay at home.

President Akufo-Addo had noted that the double track system is not an invention but an adoption, which has worked in other countries including the United States.

But many including some educationists and key members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have raised concerns about the new system, which they say, will bring the country back to a shift system.

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