Afedzi Abdullah/Isaac Arkoh, GNA
Cape Coast, Sept. 12, GNA -The double track
Senior High School (SHS)system commenced smoothly in many schools in the Cape
Coast Metropolis when students of the second batch of the Free SHS programme
reported to school on Tuesday.
The double-track system which had been adopted
by the New Patriotic Party administration is expected to absorb the extra
intake of students to complement its free SHS flagship programme which seeks to
provide free education for all.
Some fresh students, who had come with their
parents and successfully gone through the admission processes were checked and
ushered into their various dormitories when the Ghana News Agency visited some
selected schools in the Metropolis.
The schools included; Mfantsipim School, Ghana
National College, Aggrey Memorial Zion School, Christ the King Academy, St.
Augustine College and Wesley Girls Senior High School.
There were long queues as parents, guardians
and students waited patiently for their turn whilst others arrived from all
walks of life to confirm their names either on the “green” or
“gold” track list in swift preparation for admission or wait for next
In all the schools the GNA visited, the
admission processes were generally smooth and peaceful as many students who had
gone through the processes beamed with smiles and ecstasy, waved their parents
and wished them safe journey back home.
At the Mfantsipim School, parents and wards
were found in different queues depending on the programme of choice and were
being assisted by school authorities.
A total of 1,309 students had been placed in
the school with 656 and 653 on the ‘green’ and ‘gold’ streams respectively.
The situation was the same at the Ghana
National College, where Mrs. Caroline Nunoo, Assistant Head, Domestic told the
GNA that adequate measures had been put in place to welcome all the 750
students placed in the school.
However, she complained about some students
who had come to the school with their placement form but could not find their
names on the school list.
Such students, according to her were directed
to report the anomaly to the appropriate quarters for redress.
Madam Millicent Afari Ntiamoah, a parent who
had come from Kpando in the Volta Region was worried because the school
authorities had asked her to go back to the Junior High School her son attended
to endorse his placement form before she could access the prospectus.
At Aggrey Memorial Zion School, a handful of
parents and students were seen at the school’s assembly hall waiting to go
through the process.
According to Mr Japheth Koomson, an
Administrator in-charge of IT who was optimistic that the numbers would
increase, the school was ready to receive all the 757 students placed there.
Some parents expressed worry about the delay
in processing while others complained about the school’s demand for students
result slip, placement form endorsed by former school heads, birth certificates
and National Health Insurance (NHIS) cards.
Mr Stephen Mensah, a parent told the GNA they
were not informed of the items in the student’s prospectus and therefore should
be given some time to submit those items.
Other parents whose children had been placed
in the ‘gold’ meaning they were in the second track were seen in the various
schools to collect their prospectus thereby creating congestion.
At the Academy of Christ the King SHS, Madam
Florence Offei Siaw, Headmistress of the School said that a total of 847
students had been placed at the school and 423 and 424 were placed respectively
on the green and gold tracks.
Registration processes was smooth and parents
and students who did not come along with the required documents were attended
to unlike the situation in other schools.
Some students went to ‘Day’ schools with their
trunks and chop boxes but, were offered an option to pay a fee for hostel
Registration at the Wesley Girls SHS was
without any challenge when the GNA visited the school and at the St.
Augustine’s College where a total 1004 students had been placed with 500 on the
green track while 504 were on the gold track.
Registration was on-going but the Headmaster,
Mr Japheth Joseph Connel said he expected extra teachers for the students
placed on the gold track in November.
Some parents also lauded the programme for the
initiative to increase enrolment, but were unhappy with the long list of items
to buy for their children who had gained admission.