- The Education Minister has stated that GHC1.5billion will be spent in ending the double-track system
- He disclosed this during a press conference on Sunday
- The system was introduced in 2018
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Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, says the government is on track to phase out the double-track system.
The double-track system is similar to the semester mode of learning applicable in the universities at the SHS level.
The objective of the system introduced in 2018 was to create room to accommodate the increase in enrolment, increase contact hours, as well as reduce class sizes.
Addressing journalists on Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Accra, the education minister assured that “we are going to live within the president promise of between 5 and 7 years to eliminate the double-track system.”
“The President has committed to that and he’s doing that,” he added.
To achieve that, Dr. Adutwum disclosed the government has committed to spending GHS1.5billion on infrastructure for the successful elimination of the double-track system.
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced earlier this year the partial cancellation of the double-track system.
According to Akufo-Addo, first and third-year Senior High School students will not be on the double-track system. Only SHS two students would be on the double-track system.
President Akufo-Addo made this known in his 21st update on Ghana’s management of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I must stress that SHS 3 students in all schools, like SHS 1 students, will no longer run the double-track system,” he stated.
In other news, former President John Dramani Mahama has finally admitted not winning the 2020 general elections, despite challenging the outcome at the Supreme Court.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by former Food and Agriculture Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, as reported by Starrfm.com.gh, Mahama thanked the over 6million Ghanaians who “overwhelmingly” endorsed him in the 202 elections.
In the speech delivered on behalf of the former president and the National Democratic Congress’ presidential candidate for the 2020 elections, Mohammed-Muniru said: “You gave him your mandate but God didn’t give him the power. And he says I should tell you that God doesn’t make mistakes. He may have very good reasons why God didn’t give him the power.”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo defeated former President John Mahama in the said election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The former president rejected the outcome of the elections and petitioned the Supreme Court.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four-percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
He argued that there was no winner in the elections and that the declaration by the chairperson of EC was flawed.
He thus prayed the court to order for a rerun of the elections between him and Akufo-Addo.
The Apex Court, however, dismissed the petition, stating that it cannot order a rerun of the 2020 presidential polls.