Despite the suggestions and negative comments from some Ghanaians particularly the main opposition party about the double-track system, Dr Osei Adutwum has outlined some benefit of its implementation in schools.
According to him, the double-track system which is currently being implemented in some schools to enable more children to get access to secondary education first started in the United States of America.
He said if not for the implementation of the double-track system, the majority of candidates who sat for the 2020 edition of the WASSCE for School Candidates and students currently in school would be at home.
The Deputy Education Minister explained that due to insufficient facilities to accommodate students in various Senior High Schools, the previous administration’s introduced cut-off point to limit the number of enrolment.
The cut-off point which was aggregate 25 and has been cancelled amid the double-track system he said was to determine the number of candidates to be enrolled in SHSs, a situation which left many children disadvantaged.
Dr Adutwum disclosed that over 100,000 candidates in 2015 and 2016 were not able to go to SHS because of financial problems even though they passed BECE but for Free SHS and double-track every child is in school.
The teaching minister speaking on the Kumasi-based Pure 95.7 FM morning drive with host Kwame Adinkra monitored by Georgeweb.org noted President Akufo-Addo directed for the cancellation of the cut-off point.
He also noted the double-track system has reduced the huge number of students in classrooms to considerate for effective teaching and monitoring in schools classified as ‘Category A’ or top schools in the country.
The Bosomtwe Member of Parliament said the Akufo-Addo government currently is building and expanding infrastructures in Senior High Schools to phase out the green and gold track system in the subsequent years.