The double-track system used to contain enrolment in various public Senior High Schools amid Free SHS have been suspended for the 2022 academic year, Deputy Minister for Education, John Ntim Fordjour announced on Thursday.
Hon Ntim in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh said adequate measures have been put in place by his outfit and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure students returning this year are not overcrowded in schools.
“Arrangements have been made to ensure that more infrastructure is provided in schools to absorb more students and ensure that more students are admitted into the free senior high school program,” Mr John Ntim told Okay FM.
The Deputy Education Minister however said government Senior High Schools without enough structures to suspend the gold and green track system will have only one batch to be on vacation instead of the previous system.
“Schools without enough facilities to absorb the current system will have only one batch to be on vacation. ie. If first years are on vacation, you still have second and final year students still in school,” the Reverend Minister stated.
The Assin South Member of Parliament indicated the central government’s decision to abolish the double-track system follows prudent and strategic planning in the construction of educational infrastructure in schools across the country.
In a related development, the Ghana Education Service (GES) after the ministerial committee set up by the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum completed the 2022 academic year calendar has released this year’s school calendar.
According to the public school calendar, prospective students in government kindergarten, primary and Junior High Schools (JHSs) will reopen school on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, to commence academic activities for the new year.
“Second and third-year students in various Senior High Schools will return to campus on Monday, February 7, 2022, and Monday, April 4, 2022, for first-year students,” the calendar released by Education Service on Thursday indicated.
Asked when provisional results of 2021 BECE candidates will be out, Dr Yaw Adutwum said his outfit is working closely with the West African Examinations Council and Ghana Education Service for the results to be released in due course.
“The Ministry of Education (MoE) is working closely with the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to ensure the 2021 BECE for School results are released early for students, ” the Minister for Education said in an interview.