- The minister of education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has stated that the double track system used to run the Free SHS policy would end in September 2019
- He added that the GETFund projects would be soon completed and help in accommodating more students
- The double track system was introduced to help address the challenges of the Free SHS programme
The minister of education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has disclosed that the double track system being used to run the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme would end in September 2019.
Speaking on Asempa FM on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, he explained that the ministry would soon complete work on a number of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) projects that will accommodate more students.
The double-track system started in the 2018/19 academic year with the aim of addressing congestion in SHSs following the implementation of the Free SHS programme.
Adomonline.com reports that the total number of students are divided into two tracks, so that one is on vacation while the other is in school.
It has however raised questions from a cross-section of Ghanaians who have pointed out errors in the system.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that former president Mahama revealed his intention to continue with the Free SHS policy, but scrap off the double track system when he becomes president in 2020.
However, Dr. Prempeh shrugged off critics of the policy who say the double track system is a hazardous catalyst to secondary education.
“If anyone has another alternative he can bring it on board but for now, we will use the double track system,” he explained.
He further argued that the system has deepened access to education and reduced congestion in classrooms and pressure on already inadequate infrastructure.
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