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Double Track SHS system, 'lazy approach' - Ofosu Ampofo

Vice Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has condemned the ruling government for introducing the Double Track Senior High School (SHS) System of education.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, over the weekend, reiterated his commitment to implementing the double-track system which will change the traditional three-term timetable of secondary schools.

“The objectives of the double track system are to create room to accommodate the increase in enrolment. Furthermore, it will reduce class sizes, it will increase the contact hours between teachers and students, and increase the number of holidays. All this, ladies and gentlemen, is going to be achieved with the existing infrastructure” he said.

According to the Ministry of Education, the double-track system has become necessary because in the 2018/2019 academic year, the Free SHS will admit about four hundred and seventy-two thousand new students.

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The double track system since its first announcement has had its fair share of criticisms as the opposition NDC feels it is the wrong way to go.

But contributing to discussions on PeaceFM's "Kokrokoo" Morning Show, Ofosu Ampofo would rather government invests in infrastructure because the new system is mediocre.

“Double track system is a lazy approach towards the solution of the high number of free senior high school students…” he stated.

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