Double Track shall reduce class size, Increase Teaching hours and Number of holidays – Akuffo Addo


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has allayed fears that, the double in track system will destroy the education system as being speculated by a cross section of the Public.

Speaking at this year’s Asafotufiami of the people of Ada, president Akufo-Addo said, the new system will rather reduce class size, increase teaching hours and number of holidays among others.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the double track system will not be applicable in all Senior High Schools but in schools facing infrastructure challenges due to a large number of students admitted under the free SHS programme.

President Akufo-Addo in September last year launched the Free Senior High school, (SHS), policy which provided 90 thousand more students gain access to Senior High school.

This year, it is estimated that an additional 180 thousand more children will be admitted into SHS.

Despite existing infrastructural deficit, government has made it a point to allow all qualified students to made it to Senior High school.

The government has therefore introduced the double intake system to accommodate the overflow.

President Akufo-Addo acknowledged that the implementation of any new policy is likely to face challenges.

But government will revolve these challenges and will not back down on the policy. He called for support from the Public as the new policy is rolled out.

The new programme creates a calendar of two semesters in a year for the SHS 1 class, containing 81 days per each semester and 41 days of vacation for a sandwich class.

Over 8,000 teachers are being recruited to handle the sandwich classes. Under the new system, teaching hours are increased from six hours per day to eight hours per day.

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