SHS double-track system better than ‘double-track streetism’

By Abubakari Ibrahim Wangara, GNA

Wa, Sept. 12, GNA – Mr James S. Dugrah, the
Executive Secretary for Double-Track Volunteers has called on educational
stakeholders, parents and students to accept the Free Senior High School (SHS)
Double-Track policy.

Speaking at a News conference in Wa, the Upper
West Region, in response to criticisms relating to the double-track system, Mr
James said the education of a child was a process to progress hence the need
for implementation of the nationwide scheme.

He said the policy would benefit all segments
of society and also help take children off the streets since its introduction
had revealed stumbling blocks impeding qualified students’ access to secondary
education in Ghana.

“Double-track system is far better than
double-track streetism, double-track system is better than double-track school
dro-pouts, double-track system: no political lens, give the double-track system
a chance,” he said.

Mr Dugrah added that the “double-track system
was child friendly and child centred” and would serve as a refreshing
intervention measure to give a great sigh of relief to students, parents and
guardians alike.

He said it would assuage sufferings of
children, adding: “We must therefore eschew partisan politics for the policy to
inure to the benefit of our children”.

“Most of those who are crying foul about the
double track system might have gone through the shift system (double-track
system) which was on daily basis but the double-track system being implemented
would be on semester basis as pertained in our tertiary institutions,” he

Mr Dugrah urged government to motivate
teachers with attractive incentive packages and avoid paying lip service to
tutors who were described as pivotal for the success of the “golden” policy.

He appealed to teachers to offer support in
the organisation of free preparatory and vacation classes for students during
the anticipated accumulated holiday period to avoid possible delays. 


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