The Conference of Heads of Private Second Cycle Schools (CHOPSS), has appealed to government to put a hold on the implementation of the Double Track System in Senior High Schools (SHS) which begins next month (September), 2018.
Speaking at a dialogue on education with focus on the double track system, the Public Relations Officer of CHOPSS, Naphtali Kyei Baffour said if private schools were included in the implementation of the free SHS, it will not have resulted in the double track system.
He said government should allow private schools to absorb the rest of the students instead of the double track system.
It is estimated that more than 24,993 of this year’s (2018) Basic Education Certificate Examination (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 way to go for government is the double track system but not all seems to be well as private schools allege they have been ignored.
Mr Kyei-Baffour said if government sees the double track as a desperate measure, then this is the time to absorb the over 250 private schools.
Government says it has absorbed only fifteen private SHS for the free SHS, a situation, Mr Kyei Naddour stated that it is not good enough.
Meanwhile, a former Deputy-Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Charles Aheto Tsegah said there is the need for more analysis to be done with regards to the double track system
The education dialogue on the double track system sought to get views of stakeholders and how best to implement the policy.
The program was organised by Graphic Communications Group with CDD and Star-Ghana.