Educationist, Nii Armah Addy has dissented the view to scrap off the double track system of education introduced in Senior High Schools by the Nana Addo-led administration.
His comments come at the back of an indication from former President John Mahama that he would scrap off the policy when elected into office in 2020.
Speaking our morning show Campus Exclusive, Nii Armah Addy stressed that such actions will result in a number of inconveniences since some students have already been enrolled onto the program.
“Saying that we will scrap the double track system cannot be a party’s discussion. This is simply because you have already enrolled students onto the program. The question will be how you are going to scrap it knowing that some students have been enrolled by the programme. Are they going to finish?” he quizzed.
According to him, scrapping off the double track system will demand an expansion of educational facilities and other measures to help deal with complexities that will breed out as a result of the reverse into a three term system.
“Whatever you want to do will not just come overnight which means that you would have to see them through the system or expand facilities quickly or find spaces to accommodate them so that they run parallel with their colleagues in the mainstream.” he added.
The double track system was introduced to curb the spike in students’ enrollment and to help maximize contact hours between students and teachers.
Under the system, students are divided into two batches, the Gold Track and the Green Track, wiith the first trackers attending classes for a number of 41 days while the second trackers also spend a period of 40 days in school.
National Democratic Congress Flagbearer aspirant, John Mahama, who is optimistic of a return into office in 2020 said he would reintroduce the three-terms per academic year arrangement when elected again into office.
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.”
Story by: Saeed Fridaus/universnewsroom.com