The Executive director of African Education Watch, Kofi Asare says, the expansion of infrastructure in Senior High Schools (SHS) will not completely solve the population issue associated with the double-track system.
Speaking on the AM show, Monday, he indicated that if the distribution of students through the computerised system does not tally with the expanded infrastructure, the issue will still continue.
An “equitable” system of distributing students, he says, has an enormous role to play in eradicating the shift systems in secondary schools.
Explaining this, he said, “merely building extra classrooms and dormitories is not only the solution to the double track. It actually dwells on expanding infrastructure and facilitating a more equitable distribution of student so that every expanded infrastructure is optimized other than that, we will have pressure on grade A and B schools which may lead to the congestion that moved us to double track.”
“The distribution of student through the computerized School system is what will provide the assurance of the efficient use of these spaces created,” Kofi Asare added.
His comment comes after the Ghana Education Service (GES) announced the cancellation of the Double Track System starting with the first and final year students of SHS.
Meanwhile, the double-track system will still be applicable to SHS 2 students.
The introduction of the double-track system by the Akufo-Addo government was greeted with several criticisms by Ghanaians calling for the cancellation of the policy.
Speaking to Joynews the Director-General of the GES Prof Kwasi Amankwah stated that the decision to implement a double-track system was a result of infrastructural deficit in various schools in Ghana. This he said has been resolved, thus, the need to scratch out the policy.
However, Mr Kofi Asare argued that if government does not intervene in the computerized school placement, the issue of congestion will still persist.
“At a point, if that intervention is not done, no matter the level of infrastructural expansion, we will always have underutilized infrastructure in some schools and have oversubscribed infrastructure in the first and second class schools.”