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400 Senior High Schools to run double tracking system - Education Minister

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400 out of the total 696 senior high schools will run the double tracking system, Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said.

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh stated that the 400 schools were selected based on oversubscription by students, which are likely to suffer an infrastructural deficit.

Addressing the media at the Meet the Press series in Accra, the Education Minister said that the double tracking system is a temporary initiative to enable government absorb excess students while setting up more classroom blocks to address the infrastructural challenges.

“Not all senior high schools will be on the double track calendar - 400 out of 696. The double track calendar we are adopting is a temporary intervention until we can build enough classroom blocks and enough accommodation to satisfy the Ghanaian child,” he explained.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh asserted that the double tracking system will “create rooms in the school for the projected increased enrolment, reduce class sizes, increase contact hours and increase the number of holiday hours for staff and students.”

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Speaking at the Asafotufiami festival for the people of big Ada, President Nana Akufo-Addo said the double track system would be limited to only SHSs facing infrastructural challenges.

There have been calls for the collapse of the new educational system, with some policy think tanks and political figures opposing the system with claims that it is likely to fail.



Background on the double track system

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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.

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.

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