The Assemblies of God Ghana says it is in full support of the double-track education system since it is an innovative way to address challenges associated with Senior High School (SHS) education in the country.
General Superintendent, Reverend Professor Paul Frimpong- Manso, who declared the support of the church described it as a smart move to address congestion in the classrooms.
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“We are in full support of any education drive provided it becomes national, and people from all walks of life are allowed to bring their ideas.
“Apart from reducing the pressure on the existing educational infrastructure, the double-track intake system is a smart move to address congestion in classrooms and also to ensure that no Ghanaian child who qualifies to go to school is left behind,” he said.
Speaking at the 29th Biennial General Council Meeting in Kumasi, Prof Frimpong-Manso also urged Ghanaians to embrace the system.
“Double track system is an innovative idea that should be embraced by all despite the challenges. There is a paradigm shift. Ghanaians should brace themselves to do away with the past and launch into new things and new areas,” Rev. Frimpong-Manso noted.
The clergyman called for the total commitment of all stakeholders to make the Free Senior High School programme a success.
This year, government released a list of some 400 Senior High Schools to operate the double-track system from September.
The list, according to government gives a strong indication of the resolve to implement the new system amid concerns.
The double-track system, according to the government, would allow 400 out of the 696 senior high schools to accommodate more students within the same facility.
It is estimated that 24,993 of this year’s BECE candidates will miss out on secondary education if the government, through the Ministry of Education, does not adopt an innovative way of accommodating all qualified candidates
The move is part of government’s strategy to ensure that no student was denied admission to SHS under its free SHS policy.
The system, according to government is a temporary measure expected to last within five and seven years of implementation.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS