A Member of the Ghana National Education Campaign, Kofi Asare has described the government’s decision to implement the double track policy as hasty.
He said the policy is just on paper and has not been piloted to see if it will work or not.
Speaking on GBC’s “Behind the News”, Mr Asare said it is as if government is only interested in the quantity of students that pass through the system and not the quality of education they receive.
He urged government to take a second look at the policy before implementing it.
Government adopted the double intake system for new entrants into public senior high schools (SHS) beginning September 2018.
This is expected to address the growing numbers of students benefitting from the Free SHS policy.
This was made known by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Bolga Senior High and Technical School.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the 2018/2019 academic year will see a 31% increase in the population of new students entering senior high school, that is 472,000 new entrants, which still leaves a deficit of some 183,000.
Despite his government, over the course of the year providing 96,403 mono desks, 33,171 dining hall furniture, 3,033 tables and chairs for teachers, 12,953 bunk beds, 4,335 student mattresses and 5,135 computer laboratory chairs to address the infrastructural deficit, he explained that it has not been enough to address all issues of infrastructure.
“Unfortunately, we have not been able to increase the infrastructure as rapidly as the number of entrants. But if you are prepared to find a way, you will find that way, and we have found a way to be able to absorb this intake. We call it the Dual Intake System that is going to allow us, on a semester basis, to address the challenge of this new population,” the President said.