The Caucus for Democratic Governance, Ghana (CDG-GH) is following recent discussions on free SHS, and will like to join the discussion by throwing more light on the double track system.
We all know the early history of the free SHS under Nana Addo, where students, as a result of insufficient dormitories, lack of toilet and bath facilities, were sleeping on corridors and easing and washing themselves in open places. The result was that students fell sick, suffering from meningitis and HINI flu. Many students died including ten students from Kumasi Academy.
With time, the initial problems which was as a result of bad planning, multiplied. This time, inadequate logistics, infrastructure and lack of finances for the feeding of the exploding numbers of students, led to the introduction of the double track system.
The truth is that the double track system does not promote quality education. The high standard as a result of the single system is rapidly going to fall. The remedial courses meant to ensure quality, cannot be sustained for financial reasons. On long term basis, the quality of education will definitely sink. With time, the multiple increases, in the number of students and in the financial requirements – according to our researches – would compel Nana Addo to adopt a multiple truck system, with a higher detrimental effect on quality education.
Since 2015, former President Mahama has been preparing for a gradual progressive free education as the constitution demands. He was providing the infrastructural requirement. The two hundred Day Secondary Schools with its modern Laboratories and serene compounds . Every constituency was to get a Day Secondary School. He was planning a National stake holders meeting to include all stake holders.
Members of the CDG-GH are of the opinion, that the controversial double track system must be reviewed and restructured. It is a recipe for disaster and would not promote quality education. Free education is a public good and an attribute of social transformation. Free education must therefore be implemented in a manner that is sustainable and does not compromise quality.
Chief Convener CDG-GH
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Source: tnpnewsonline.com (TNP NEWS)/ Samuel Appah-Peniel