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The acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Rev Prof Anthony Afful-Broni, has commended government for introducing the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy and its accompanied double-track system to absorb the overwhelming number of qualified candidates who otherwise would have been left behind.
The policy, he said, has great potential in providing a strong cornerstone for development, and called on all to support the policy to minimise implementation hitches.
According to him, the double-track system is an internationally acclaimed system that breeds quality and ensures equity.
“We at UEW are happy that government has again come up with another initiative, the SHS double-track system, to salvage the situation.
“The double-track system is acknowledged internationally as useful educational policy that ensures an equitable distribution of access to high school and tertiary education to everyone,” he explained.
Speaking at an interaction with traditional leaders and the people of Effutu in the Central Region, the UEW VC announced that the university has commissioned a research to track the SHS preparation and admission intake for Effutuman kids over the next five years.
“I have charged the dean of the Faculty of Education studies to initiate and lead a research that will track SHS preparation and admission intake for Effutuman kids over the next five years.
“Through the study, we hope to help both Effutuman and the government to monitor and evaluate the Free SHS policy and its connected double-track system within the municipality.
“We must emphasise that Free SHS is the boldest and best educational policy initiative that our nation has seen.
“This is because this policy has great potential in providing a strong cornerstone for development; we must all lend our unflinching support and commitment to the government to ensure its huge success,” he noted.
Rev Prof Afful-Broni said the University of Education is committed to the cause of the Free SHS policy, and announced plans by the university to absorb the first batch of the Free SHS system.
He indicated that the university is preparing the grounds to expand its intake in 2020 to help absorb many of the Free SHS graduates.
“To show our strong commitment to the government’s vision of providing expanded access to high tertiary education through the Free SHS policy, this university has taken practical steps to absorb the huge number of applicants that will seek admission to our various programmes during the 2020 academic year when the first batch of the Free SHS will be due to enter university.
“Designs have been completed and contracts are about to be awarded for the construction of eight pavilions, each with 550-seat capacity, all in anticipation of the arrival of the first batch of the Free SHS students,” he outlined.
He added that the school is increasing and expanding Wi-Fi access to ease research, teaching and learning, as well as bringing on board more resources and more lecturers to meet the numbers,” he stated.
Source: Elliot HAGAN || The Finder, Winneba C/R