Double tracking wahala: A lot more thinking should have been done before – Mortey

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Deputy Constituency Communication Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Bortianor-Ngleshie-Amanfrom Constituency branch, Edward Mortey, has said that the introduction of the Free Senior High School which has resulted in the implementation of “Double Tracking” was not properly thought through.

According to him the serious challenges coming out of the Double Tracking policy which begun a couple of weeks ago has exposed the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Mortey, who stated this recently on Rejoice TV explained that his party is not against the FSHS Policy but the manner in which it was rushed in its implementation and the desperation with which the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led administration want to fulfill a campaign promise at all cost is destroying the country’s education system.

He maintained that there would be no need for the ad hoc measures the government chose if it had addressed the inadequate school infrastructure – classrooms, dormitories, dining halls.

“If Nana Addo really wanted to address the congestion, which leads to stress and outbreak of diseases the solution would not have been the Double Tracking policy.

“This system has come as a result of the NPP’s failure to continue Mahama’s Community Day SHS project which was to accommodate a large number of students when the Free SHS policy is a constitution mandate is fully enrolled” he noted.

According to the NDC Deputy Constituency Communication Officer, there is an impending danger waiting the nation after the Green track batches come home from their 41days in school and stay home for over a long period of time than they spent in school because our wards will be openly exposed to all sorts’ social vices and we should all be prepared to accept its negative effects.

Mr Mortey explained that shorting the number days students spend in school and reducing education to only reading/writing is not the best way to go. Adding that what constitute education goes beyond just reading and writing.

He therefore called on government and other stakeholders in the education sector to take a critical look at Extra-Curricular activities which have been removed from the educational calendar and how it will be well managed at this level.

“Let’s not forget that the inter schools and colleges which is one of the many extra-curricular activities are the avenues where young talents are poached and groomed for the National Sports Teams etc …the likes of Michael Essien, Christian Atsu , Sulley Ali Muntari , Ali Tanko, Baba Ali, Mary Esiful among others came through the Inter Schools and Collages” Mr Mortey reiterated.

The NDC Deputy Constituency Communication Officer is urging Civil Societies Organisations, Governance Watch Groups, Religious bodies and concerned citizens to rise to the occasion and call for broader nationwide consultation with government and educational experts re-structure Ghana’s educational system.

“If the Double Tracking policy is the new order of the day, then let’s turn to our brothers and sisters in Kenya where such policy was adopted to bridge the gap between academia and industry, there after the first track students go in for practical’s but here in Ghana after being in school for only 41 days, students go home to sleep and this is certainly not the way to go” he sadly noted.

Source: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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