“When we come to power in 2020, the first thing we will do is, we will abolish the double-tracking system. Bad planning is what has created the impression of overcrowding in schools,” these are the exact words from the General Secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia.
According to him the double track system adopted by the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration proves the failure of the implementation of the free SHS due to the system’s inability to accommodate the increasing number of students in public schools under the Free SHS policy which was introduced in September 2017.Currently about 362,118 first-year students in public SHSs in the country are benefiting from the policy, with 117,692 of them being day students and 244,426 as boarders. Johnson Asiedu Nketia says his party will revoke the Free SHS Double-Tracking System policy when they are voted back into power in 2020.
Former President John Mahama has also made pronouncement which is targeted at abolishing the free SHS provided they are voted back into power but the Ministry of education has pointed out that the double-tracking system shall offer students more instructional and contact hours with teachers as well as make better use of the available classroom space .