The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has bemoaned the failure of the government to educate the people of Ghana on the concept of double track and its enrolment processes.
A lot of discussions have become rife in the educational space since the “Double Track” placement commenced in 2018 as part of efforts to increase enrolment in the various Senior High Schools in the country.
Speaking in an exclusive interview on Cape Coast-based ATL FM, the Education Minister, admitted that indeed the government failed to educate the people of Ghana on the concept of “Double Track” and that has led to the gaps in information in its implementation.
Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum
“The implementation and information gap is what we probably did not navigate well. When we say double track, we need to break it in such a way that people will know that you’ve increased enrollment but have just created two tracks for form one or else for example when someone hears about the double track, in his mind, it is about doubling enrolment” he explained.
He also added that because the government failed to do massive and comprehensive education on the policy, it would only be legitimate that people still think that the “Double Track” would reduce the quality of education in the country,
“Thus, the person can conclude that if you have doubling enrolment then the classroom should be congested. Consequently, you are reducing quality and it is legitimate to draw those conclusions. If we do not explain it, then that is what the person is inferring and that inference to the person becomes a fact and this can then become a challenge for any policy that will be implemented in that regard” he added.
He also added that starting next academic year, some schools in Ghana are going to do away with chalkboards and start using Promethean boards.
A Promethean Board is an interactive whiteboard that allows you to project an image from a laptop or computer. You can also interact with the board through touch or specialized pens. Anything that can be done on a computer monitor can be replicated on this interactive whiteboard, which then becomes viewable by an entire classroom.
SOURCE: JANET ABOAGYE