Communications Director for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa, has called the bluff of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on its decision to eliminate the double track system after 7 months if they win power .
The statement by the NPP kingpin comes after the flagbearer of the NDC John Dramani Mahama speaking at a durbar of chiefs and farmers at Fawohoyeden in the Asunafo North District of the Ahafo Region, stated that the next NDC administration will eliminate the ‘Double Track’ system introduced by the ruling NPP government to ensure a more efficient and effective Free SHS Programme.
Yaw Boaben Asamoa, who reacted to the position of the NDC, on Atinka FM's AM Drive with Ekourba Gyasi asked said the 7 month timeline by the NDC is not realistic.
According to him, even if the NDC is voted into power, it would not be able to put in place the needed infrastructure and human resource to enhance teaching and learning in order to eliminate the double track system at a go.
"The NPP instituted the double track system to cater for the increase in enrolment in the second year of the FSHS due to the surge of candidates who had been home due to lack of funds, and who sought to benefit from the programme. This was aimed at making room for all successful candidates, with a clear timeline of 5-7 years to phase it out as more infrastructure was built in the 400 or so schools that went on double track. Out of the total of about 721 SHS in this country", he added.
He said the nation should be proud of the NPP's mutual commitment to the success of getting more students into senior high schools who would otherwise be wallowing in despair at home, not because they do not qualify to enter SHS, but simply because through no fault of theirs, their families are too poor to see them through senior high school.
He argued that promises by the NDC leadership to abolish double track in seven months is mere desperation.
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