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Revert some schools back to single-track – Group urges Education Ministry

An education think tank, the Centre for Educational Research and Training (CERT), is calling on the Ministry of Education to as a matter of urgency revise the list of schools implementing the double track system.

The group believes some schools did not receive the projected number of students hence, should be made to run a single-track system.

Prior to the official implementation of the double track system last September, government released a list of Senior High Schools with the capacity to undertake the system.
Some 400 out of the 696 public SHSs were selected and are currently operating the system.

But Emmanuel Ofosuhene, Ag. Executive Director of CERT in a statement said his outfit recognizes that not all the selected schools must run the multiple track system.

“CERT calls on the ministry of Education to quickly review the number of schools on the double track. CERT has observed that many of the nearly 400 schools originally placed on the double track did not receive the required numbers to warrant their continuous placement on the double track.”

“Moreover, we have observed that over 100 schools on the track have the capacity and infrastructure to run a single/regular track. We urge the ministry of education to send their monitors around to identify such schools and place them on a single track”, the statement added.

CERT lauds Education Ministry for implementation of double track system

Meanwhile, the think tank has hailed the Ministry of Education for the successful implementation of the double-track system as part of government’s flagship program, the Free Senior High School (SHS).

It said the timely intervention of the ministry to introduce the policy to save over 180, 000 students from missing second-cycle education is worth commending.

“The government via the ministry of Education having realized the dire consequences of the sudden surge of BECE candidates desirous of accessing secondary education; perhaps, ignited by the FSHS policy, vis a vis the perennial infrastructure deficit in our schools, quickly thought outside the box and settled on Double track as the way to go under the circumstances. But for the timely introduction of this policy, the fate of over 181,000 candidates would have been endangered as there would be no space for them to attend school.”

CERT further encouraged all stakeholders to continue to support government in its quest to ensure that every Ghanaian child enjoys free Education at least up to the secondary level.

By: Nii Larte Lartey/citinewsroom/Ghana

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