Don’t just criticise double Track system, provide alternative – Bawumia to Free SHS critics

Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

The Vice President is challenging critics of the double track education system to provide alternatives to address the infrastructural challenges spawned by the Free senior high school education policy

Describing the interim measure as “innovative,” Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said it has triggered an increase in student enrolment by 69 per cent.

At the maiden Townhall Meeting held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Tuesday, the economist said the double-track system will fade out after the government has put up more school buildings.

“The questions that we faced was if we don’t have enough infrastructure how can we tell whose child should stay at home?” he said.

The government came under heavy criticism following the roll-up of the double-track system in some secondary schools across the country.

But the critics have no better alternative to offer Ghanaians, Dr Bawumia told an audience made up largely of loyalists of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“We have to make a stand [and] those who are criticising the double-track system have not been able to offer any solution,” he said.

He noted that an attempt to abolish the double track system without a commensurate infrastructure means abolishing the free SHS.

“We are not saying this is how it is going to be [but for now] and it is better to educate a child even under a tree than to be home,” Dr Bawumia added.

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