Former President John Mahama has said that he will scrap off government’s double-track system if he is re-elected as President in 2020.
The double-track system was introduced by the government as its implementation of the free SHS policy saw increase in the number of students entering into senior high school.
However, the increase in students did not come with a corresponding increase in infrastructure to accommodate the students.
The double-track system divides the entire student body and staff into two different tracks; thus, while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.
Although some stakeholders in the educational sector called for the reconsideration of the policy, government, as it planned, kick off with the new system in September with new Senior High School entrants.
In a Facebook post, John Mahama, who is optimistic of a return into office in 2020 said he would reintroduce the three-terms per academic year arrangement.
According to him, his return into office will also “bring back the emphasis on skills training, technical and vocational education to provide students with more options as they go forward with their choices in diverse career and aptitude paths”
Mr. Mahama, promising to improve the Free SHS programme, said “a National stakeholders conference will be organized to bring together headmasters, parents, teacher, educationists, labour, politicians, traditional leaders, religious groups, CSOs, students and others to further review and chart a sustainable course for the implementation if free education for our children and country.”
He also announced an implementation of a “crash programme to complete all the remaining abondoned Community Day schools and construct additional ones in areas of high demand to be able to provide increased access and avoid the current congestion being experienced due to the current poor implementation of the [free SHS] programme.”