A former Municipal Chief Executive [MCE] of Awutu Senya East Municipal Assembly Honourable Adams Nuhu has disclosed his consent on the double tracking system for Senior High Schools [SHS].
He made this assertion in an interview with Pink FM’s morning show host Kofi Asamoah Aning.
According to the MCE, though the free SHS programme is a ‘rush’ one, it should not be suspended. However, the issue is with infrastructure as the National Democratic Congress [NDC] perceived and warned the ruling government.
He explained that the incumbent government decided to use the populace approach and is why the programme has “backfired”.
Mr Nuhu indicated that the educational programme of Ghana cannot be compared to the advanced countries because they had a system of implementing free day schools.
The New Patriotic Party [NPP] should have considered the nation’s educational system before implementing the programme. Instead of the government starting from the day schools, it decided to do it ”wholistically.”
The former government appointee indicated that he agrees with the claims of the honourable finance minister Mr Ken Ofori Atta that parents who can afford the fees of their ward in the SHS should be allowed to pay.
He stated that some guardians from certain second cycle institutions can afford to pay the fees of their wards. These schools have a strong old student association that can support.
The government can save money to help other people out of that.
Mr Nuhu furthered by saying that, the government should subsidize the private SHS to allow access for those who would not have access to the public SHS.
This would help curb the double tracking system and also give life to the private SHS that seem to be collapsing because of the programme.
Honourable Adams Nuhu advised that political parties should come together and agree on a consensus since every child wants to go to school.
If new infrastructure needs to be put up or the private SHS needs to be involved to solve the issue, proceedings should be put in place to sustain the educational sector.
The Double tracking system for Senior High Schools will be introduced in September.
The objectives of this programme are to create room to accommodate the increase in enrolment, increase contact hours, reduce class size and increase the number of holidays.
The new system will run in all categories A and B senior high schools in Ghana.
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 sand wich class.
It is expected to cost the government GHC 323 million to fully implement the programmememe.
Story by Minnette Akuamoah, Michael Nabary & Bernice Amoakoah