Former Education Minister, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, says the double tracking only works well in universities.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced that from September 2018, government would implement the double intake system for new entrants into the country’s public Senior High Schools, which will address the growing numbers of students benefitting from the Free SHS policy.
The former Minister in an interview with Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive mentioned that the system works well in the universities because students in the universities are old and matured enough to catch up with the previous terms studies, unlike students who are currently enrolled in Senior High Schools who are below 14 years.
According to her, the countries who practice the double track system at the lower level do so in trade schools (vocational schools) where it is easy and more likely to catch up since it is skills based.
“For instance, a fisherman learning how to fish in a trade school can engage himself in the field during days he is out of school, which will enhance his fishing skills. Either way that leaner is very engaged,” she added.
Meanwhile, former President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has waded into the debate and has asked the New Patriotic Party(NPP) administration to hold a comprehensive national consultation to forge a consensus on a sustainable framework for the implementation of the double track system.
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