Kofi Akpaloo, leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana has called on government to modify the newly introduced Double Track System to a day school model for first year students.
According to him, the Free Senior High School initiative is laudable and will have massive enrollment due to great interest in the policy by parents and young people because it is free.
He was speaking in an exclusive interview with allnewgh.com and proposed that the struggle for space to absorb the huge number of students, can only be addressed with the day school model.
In his opinion, first year students in a particular district must be placed in schools in their communities instead of placement in schools across the country.
“In my view they can do better by making students living in a certain area attend schools in that area and make them day students by converting some dormitories into classrooms,” he proposed.
He called on government to do away with the public boarding system and rather stick to the day system instead and added that even in the western countries where they are well resourced they are not practicing the boarding system.
In his opinion, resources must rather be channelled into building model day schools under the double track system to provide more classrooms and adequate resources for teaching and learning.
He noted that the cost of running the Free Senior High School policy is increasing and questioned why students cannot complete SHS as day students considering that basic school is rolled on a day model as well.
He explained that when the first batch is at home and other batch in school is would rather increase cost and make children idle during their stay at home.
“Definitely there would be unattended problems when this double track system is rolled out, all the children must be in school at the same time to minimise the cost of spending on the policy,” he stated.
However, Mr. Akpaloo disclosed that his party, the Liberal Party of Ghana, is of the view that the day system would create opportunities in the area of job creation, for investors to build hostels to house children whose parents still want their children to go to school in other regions.
He called on government to invest resources into Information Communication and Technology for children, to enable Ghanaian children have jobs in ICT sector which is sort after globally.
“As a party, we believe that we need a new crop of leaders, so our children must be given the best by being trained in programming and coding to help solve and build Ghana to match up to global standards,” he stated.
He disclosed that his party intends to turn Ghana into an ICT hub when given the nod to steer the affairs of the nation.
He stated that a huge number of students from the free SHS will soon graduate and enter the university and observed that infrastructure at the public universities would not be adequate to admit the huge numbers that the Double Track System is enrolling now.
He appealed to government to expand infrastructure in tertiary institutions to enable students who graduate from free SHS to enter the tertiary level.
The double-track system of education introduced by government, would start on September 11, 2018 for first year students and represents a new educational system.
Unlike the single-track system, the new system is expected to divide the entire student body and staff into two different tracks.
This means that while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) on Tuesday, September 5, released the placements of 423,134 students who have successfully made it under the 2018 Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), to start the process.
The number is out of a total of 521,710 registered candidates, meaning that 67,382 are yet to be placed under the system.