The National Democratic Congress (NDC) if re-elected into power will scrap the double-track system being implemented in Senior High Schools (SHSs) Former President John Dramani Mahama has stated.
According to Mr Mahama, he will review the entire Free SHS programme if he returns to power, adding that the NDC government will also “improve the Free SHS programme and make it better” than the current system introduced by the NPP.
Mr Mahama, who believes “education is key to our country’s development” further pointed out that the “NDC will improve learning outcomes, teaching, teacher development and supervision across all schools”.
The double-track system was introduced by the Akufo-Addo government in some selected second-cycle institutions in September 2018.
The first batch of candidates placed on the GREEN TRACK, according to the 2018/2019 Academic Year resumed on September 11, 2018 and will vacate on November 6, 2018 for the first semester.
Second half for the first semester (Form 1) will start classes from January 3, 2018 to March 5, 2018.
However, GOLD TRACK (Second batch) will start on November 8, 2018 and end the session on March 5, 2018 for the first semester.
On the other hand single track schools will have their session from September 11, 2018 to December 22, 2018, for the first semester.
Candidates will spend 162 days in the classroom which is equivalent to 81 teaching days each semester.
But Mr Mahama said in a Facebook post on Monday, 1 October 2018 that: “We will abolish the current shift (double-track) system, re-introduce the more efficient three-terms per academic year programme, and bring back the emphasis on skills training, technical and vocational education to provide students with more options, as they go forward with their choices in diverse career and aptitude paths”.