The Ghana Education Service (GES) has suspended the controversial Double-Track in Senior High Schools starting with First and Final students.
Announcing the decision to Joynews Director General of the Ghana Education Service Prof Kwasi Amankwah insists the service is not bowing to pressure following the criticism that greeted the policy.
The green and gold double track system was introduced by the government to enable various senior High schools to take in more students due to infrastructural deficit in the various schools but according to Professor Amankwah that has been resolved now.
Announcing the reopening of schools in the country in an address to the nation, President Akufo-Addo explained that his government has been able to embark on infrastructural development in the various senior high schools (SHS), a situation that compels the government to gradually cancel the double track.
The system was introduced due to the high number of enrolments into the SHSs following the implementation of the free senior high school program.
He said: “So, from 15th January, our children in kindergarten, primary and Junior High, in both private and public schools, will be back in school. All SHS 1 students will start classes from 10th March, with all students embarking on a single-track academic calendar. Their seniors in SHS 2 and SHS 3 will, however, return to school from 18th January. I must stress that SHS 3 students in all schools, like SHS 1 students, will no longer run the double-track system. The expansion of infrastructure at the various senior high schools, over the last three (3) years, has brought us to this favourable situation. However, the double-track system will still be applicable to SHS 2 students in schools that are employing it. Students in universities and other tertiary institutions are to be in school from Saturday, 9th January.
“Prior to their return to school, Government, through the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, will ensure that all institutions, public and private, are fumigated and disinfected. Schools and institutions, with their own hospitals and clinics, will be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment, and have isolation centres to deal with any positive cases.