Number of schools on double track system to be reduced from next academic year

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The number of Senior High Schools on the double-track system is expected to reduce drastically from the next academic year.

This is according to a Deputy Education Minister, Dr Yaw Adutwum.

The double-track system was rolled out by the Akufo-Addo led government to enrol all qualified students into Senior High Schools.

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The system was put in place to contain the increasing numbers of students from the Junior High Schools against the limited infrastructure at the secondary level as of that time.

As a result of the implementation of the free SHS policy, this measure was introduced to ensure no child was left behind in the quest to ensure quality and accessible education for all.

Appearing before the House to answer parliamentary questions, Dr Adutwum disclosed that the “implementation of the double-track system commenced at the beginning of the 2018/2019 academic year.”

He also added that the system is being practised in “381 out of the 721 public Senior High Schools across the country.”

As to whether the policy will be halted, he answered that it will be phased pout over the next 5-7 years.

Explaining further, he said the “expansion of infrastructure in the various Senior High Schools across the country, the number of schools on the double track is expected to be reduced in the academic year.”

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