- A teacher union has called for the double-track system under Free Senior High School education to be scrapped
- The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) said 40 percent of schools were still running the double-track system
- The association called on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to resent the academic calendar
The NAGRAT has called for the double-track shift system under free secondary education to be entirely scrapped.
It called on the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to reset the academic calendar to the trimester system to ease the pressure on students and schools.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, September 27, the President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu, said these concerns are urgent:
“The government promised us at that time that within five years, the double-track system would be a thing of the past,” he noted.
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“Unfortunately, the five-year period elapsed two years ago, and yet 40% of the SHSs are still running the double-track. The double track is coming up with attendance problems and challenges. The system has placed untold pressure on the management and teachers of the schools."
The double-track system is an intervention that allows schools to accommodate more students and prevent overcrowding.
Alan Kyerematen promises to review Free SHS
Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen has expressed his views on the Akufo-Addo government's flagship education policy, Free SHS.
The now-independent presidential candidate for the 2024 elections said the Free SHS policy is good but needs to be reviewed.
According to him, no matter how great the policy is, it has been running for seven years, so reviewing it would only be appropriate if he becomes president.
Free SHS is safe Under the $3 billion IMF bailout
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported in a separate story that finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta assured that the free SHS programme will not be affected under the $3 billion IMF programme.
Ofori-Atta gave the assurance on Thursday, May 18, 2023, during a press conference organised by the IMF and the government of Ghana.
He said that the programme with the Bretton Woods institution protects the vulnerable in Ghanaian society.
Mahama promises to fix problems with free SHS
Also, YEN.com.gh reported that Mahama promised to fix the challenges with the free SHS and NHIS if elected president in the 2024 elections.
The former president said the current administration has destroyed the flagship education and health policies with its poor implementation and corruption.
The NDC flagbearer for the 2024 polls made the comments in Kongo in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region as part of his campaign tour.
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