Dual-track system will not be implemented this year – Ministry of Education

The dual track system will not be implemented for first-year students presenting to high school (SHS) for the 2022/2023 academic year.

According to the Ministry of Education, adequate preparations have been made this year to ensure that first-year students do not go through the rotation system.

The dual track system was introduced in 2018 to reduce congestion in schools and create room to accommodate the projected increase in junior high school enrollment.

After its introduction, the system was heavily criticized by a section of Ghanaians who lamented that it could harm the quality of education.

But during a press briefing in June 2021, Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum noted that the system would be discontinued in about two to three years.

Fast forward, Ministry of Education Public Relations Officer Kwasi Kwarteng says the dual track system will not be introduced this year.

According to him, the limited infrastructure situation that prompted the dual track has been improved.

“This whole idea of ​​dividing the students into two where in a particular age group we have one group that goes to school and after a few weeks or months they leave and the other comes to school, this time, we’re not going to see that arrangement again.

“There has been a significant improvement in terms of infrastructure,” he told Accra-based Citi News.

He said GETFund ensured the completion of around 1,400 pieces of infrastructure which enabled the government to suspend the dual track system.

“In 2017, GETFund did an infrastructure review and found that over 3,700 projects had been abandoned. Just after last year, more than 1,400 of these projects have been completed so clearly that the result is, to a large extent, accommodation. So this brings a significant improvement to the accommodation situation that we have been talking about.

Mr Kwarteng further called on those still struggling with placement to remain calm as resolution centers remain open.

“Even if some first years join, our resolution centers will still be there to help students who may be having trouble with their internships and need help,” he noted.