Free SHS: Baba Jamal prescribes alternatives for double track system

Free SHS: Baba Jamal prescribes alternatives for double track system

Former Member of Parliament for Akwatia Constituency, Baba Jamal has prescribed alternatives for the double track system, which is soon to be rolled out to cater for the spillover of students under the Free SHS policy.

The leading member of the NDC, his impressed on President Akufo-Addo to put E-block school facilities built under the erstwhile Mahama Administration, or push the excesses to private schools to enable regular school schedule to continue instead of the imminent double track system.

“The NPP are making it appear there are no options apart from the double track system, but I have mentioned here that the private schools are more than willing to take the excesses from the large pool of students.

“This double track is a shift system just like the one that used to be practiced in the past, and it will compromise quality and put too much pressure on the same old facilities.

“So government should consider using Mahama’s school blocks, while he builds more to accommodate the increasing number of students,” he said on Adom TV’s Badwam.

Double track system

The double year-round system divides the entire student body and staff into two different tracks. So, while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.

The rotation sequence will depend on the year-round calendar being used. In Ghana, the school calendar starts from September and ends in April with three different terms. The first term is from September to December, the second term starts in January and ends in April while the third term is from April/May to July.

Furthermore, every semester will be 80 days for the two tracks. For one semester, every track will be in school for 40 days then go for a break for 40 days. Teacher motivation has been increased from 20 hours for the year to 70 hours for the year. Teachers will be increased so every group goes on break with the track they teach.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) wants the government to proceed with caution by consulting stakeholders in education.

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