Double track must end in 2020- GNEC to Nana Akufo-Addo

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The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has called on the Nana Akufo- Addo led government to find an alternative to the double track system currently being run under the Free SHS policy.

It will be recalled that the double track system was introduced in September last year as a means to meet increased enrollment in public SHSs across the country, following the introduction of free SHS policy.

Bawumia and Nana Addo introducing the FREE SHS
Bawumia and Nana Addo introducing the FREE SHS

 

The chairman of the GNEC, Kofi Asare, at the launch of the global action week for education in Accra on Wednesday, April 24th 2019 said that the implementation of the double track system has affected the quality of the country’s SHS education negatively.

He said;

“Every possible effort must be made by the government to ensure that we do not enter next year with the double track, other than that, we will only deepen the existing divide in quality learning outcomes between public and private schools.”

Double Track under the Free SHS policy
Double Track System under the Free SHS policy

He further said;

“ let’s quickly phase out the double track system, then we can have a system where we can have reduced class sizes, and we can have a relaxed system for teachers to actually engage students in discussions and learning.” 

He admonished the government to take effective steps toward addressing the challenges in the current education system which include; lack of adequate infrastructure, inequalities and exclusion.

He said that when this is done, it will improve learning outcomes and also meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals on education.

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