Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, says the shift system that has characterised senior high school education in Ghana over the past two years “will be history” soon.
“We are building the infrastructure in schools and in a few years, the double-track system will be history,” he said.
The government introduced the double-track system on September 11, 2018, to accommodate a large number of placed candidates who would not have had the opportunity to access secondary education.
Represented by the colours, Gold and Green, the two-stream of students each report to school on different days.
The introduction of the double-track system triggered a firestorm of criticism from across the political spectrum.
But speaking at the 30th-Anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Ogyeahoho Kwame Henaku II, Abirewhene and Werepimhene of Akuapem, at Abirew in the Eastern Region, the Vice President said the system was necessary to deal with “this major temporary increase in the students.”
“Many of these children, if it had not been for free Senior High School education would’ve been seated at home, and we would have had to contend with the problems, later on in life, of these children,” he said.
Enrolment up by 69%
Dr Bawumia added the introduction of the double-track system has witnessed a whopping 69% increase in enrolment in senior high school education.
“That is a very high level of increase,” he said, adding the system would end soon after the government is done with the infrastructural projects.