A member of the Ablekuma North NDC Communication Team, Samuel Addo said parents are suffering due to the Free Senior High School, SHS.
In an interview with Victoria Soglo Mr Addo noted that due to the double track system, parents now have to spend extra money to enroll their wards in vacation classes.
The Free SHS (Free Senior High School) policy is an initiative introduced by the President Nana Akuffo-Addo administration in September 2017. The policy had been a major campaign policy prior to the election of President Akuffo-Addo in 2016.
In 2018, the President and his team of governance introduced another initiative as part of the Free SHS Education Policy which is the Double Track System.
The Double Track System was introduced by the government in order to enable various Senior High Schools in Ghana to take in more students and ensure that all Ghanaian students have access to a Senior High School education. T
The Double Track System is in two sessions, thus The Green Track and The Gold Track. The Green Track represents the first batch of students who would go to school for a semester and are later followed by the Gold Track students who would continue after students of the green track session have vacated on the academic calendar.
Mr Addo indicated ” Parent have to pay transportation, lunch in addition to the classes fee. if you calculate these money together you will realise that you are still paying the school fees and even more.”
He said Free SHS is good but it lack proper implementation adding that the less privileged in society must be targeted for free SHS and not rich people who can afford to pay for the fees of their wards.
The NDC Communicator express worry about the inability of teachers to assess their students and even to repeat them due to free SHS since the classrooms and dormitories are not enough.
“That Is why NDC flag -bearer John Mahama said when voted into power he will ensure double track system is no more and focus on infrastructure so that students will spend the number of months whether four or five in school.