General News of Sunday, 16 September 2018
The Minister explains that the government cannot include private schools in the double-track system because students cannot choose private schools in the placements programme.
Dr Yaw Adutwum, the Deputy Minister of Education believes that it is currently not possible to put students in private schools in the double-track system.
Private schools have been suggested as a means to escape the over-burdening of schools.
According to Dr Adutuwm, the Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) does not take into consideration private senior high schools.
Hence, students cannot even choose private schools. The double-track system was adopted as a way out of the overpopulation caused by the government’s free senior high school policy.
According to Myjoyonline.com, Dr Adutwum is adamant private schools are not the way out.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by the candidate Nana Akufo-Addo campaigned on making senior high education free. The roll out has faced problems from financing to overpopulation.
The Vice-President of IMANI, Kofi Bentil who is a supporter of the double-track system, has supported calls to include private schools. General Secretary of the Conference of Heads of Private Second Cycle Schools (CHOPSS), Joseph Dzamesi said:
“We consider the development so far as undermining the contribution of private senior high schools in the educational sector.
It is as though the government is intentionally trying to collapse all private senior high schools in the country.”
Despite all of this, it does not look like the government would include private schools.
As expressed by the deputy minister, it would seem the government is looking to perfect their current double-track system.