Double-track system to end in January 18 — Akufo-Addo has announced
The double-track system for first and third-year Senior High School (SHS) students will end upon the resumption of school from January 18, the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced.
According to him, the development is due to the improvement of educational infrastructure which his administration worked hard on within three years to end the double-track system.
President Akufo-Addo announced this in his 21st virtual update on Ghana’s management of the novel coronavirus disease (covid-19) on Sunday in Accra.
“I must stress that SHS 3 students in all schools, like SHS 1 students, will no longer run the double-track system. The expansion of infrastructure at the various senior high schools, over the last three years, has brought us to this favourable situation,” he stated.
The President noted that the double-track system will however still be applicable to SHS 2 students in schools that are employing it.
The policy, he observed was only being adopted in schools that were in high demand across the country as the government works to improve infrastructure.
It was meant to ease student pressure on some public schools.
The double-track system was accompanied by a semester system for schools.
The semester system, President Akufo-Addo said would be maintained even when adequate infrastructure was put in place to end the double-track system.
Though the government put a five-to-seven-year timeline on the policy the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had plans to end the policy in a year if it won power in the 2020 election.
The policy was heavily criticised by the opposition and some other observers who felt it was compromising the quality of education.
Resumption of school
President Akufo-Addo also announced the resumption of school at all levels of education after the halt of academic activity in March 2020.
“From January 15, our children in kindergarten, primary and Junior High, in both private and public schools, will resume school.
All SHS 1 students will start classes from March 10 but their seniors in SHS 2 and SHS 3 will return to school from January 18,” he added.
Students in universities and other tertiary institutions are to be in school from Saturday, January 9.