Suspend Double-Track System at Senior High School Level-GNECC

Government has been called upon to suspend its ongoing process to implement the double-track system at the Senior High School (SHS) level.

Since Government announced the double-track system, it has received several lashes as to its realization and sustainability, hence quality education for students.

This call was made by the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday 31st July, 2018, where the Executive Council Chair of the GNECC, Bright Appiah acknowledged the fact that though similar system worked in the United States, Japan and Germany, these countries are advanced countries and implementing it here in Ghana does not guarantee the success of the policy.

The Coalition, made up of 360 institutions, has proposed to the government to pilot the system for at least a year before rolling it out nationwide.

Speaking further, he explained that, “no country has ever implemented a free SHS policy where 70 per cent of students were boarders adding, ‘in fact, the best practice worldwide is the day school approach to free secondary education.”

However, he indicated that, the best practice will be “a 70 per cent day and 30 per cent boarding system which will reduce the cost of financing secondary education by at least 50 per cent while reducing the pressure on existing infrastructure,” the Coalition avers.

The double year-round system divides the entire student body and staff into two different tracks. So while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.

The rotation sequence will depend on the year-round calendar being used. In Ghana, the school calendar starts from September and ends in April with three different terms. The first term is from September to December; the second term starts in January and ends in April while the third term is from April/May to July.

Furthermore, every semester will be 80 days for the two tracks. For one semester, every track will be in school for 40 days then go for a break for 40 days. Teacher motivation has been increased from 20 hours for the year to 70 hours for the year. Teachers will be increased so every group goes on break with the track they teach.

Meanwhile, one of the teachers’ associations, National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has advised government to proceed with caution and called for a broader consultation with stakeholders in education.





Source: Ishmael Barfi/