Nandom SHS rejects double track system


Introduced by the Ministry of Education in partnership with Ghana Education Service (GES), Rev. Bro. Joachim Naah, The Headmaster of Nandom Senior High School in the Upper West Region has raised a red flag at the double track system being implemented in his school. He observed that there is no change in value; the value is the same after the introduction of the double track system in his school.

He made this known on the side-lines of the schools 50th Anniversary Celebration earlier this month. Rev. Bro. Naah believes the implementation of the double track system is of no relevance in his school. He is hoping for a favorable response from the GES to restore the first year students to the old system.

The Nandom Senior High School is an all-boys Catholic school. Since its establishment in 1968, the school has not recorded any incidence of students’ riot, disturbance or strike. In terms of academic performance, the school is second to none in the region. It was recently graded the 2nd Best in mathematics-WASSCE-2017, and 3rd Best WASSCE-2017 in the country.

According to Rev. Bro. Naah, the school admitted 327 first year students at the start of the new academic year; under the double track system. This number only increased by 27 over the average 300 new admissions recorded every year. Hence, the school could still practice the three terms per year if given the chance. The Green and Yellow systems only reduce the school’s population to about 165 for each of the tracks.

“We don’t think the new admissions make too significant difference to our total population, so we can run the traditional system for the entire school.’’ He defended. Adding that “The school is challenged as a result of the lack of facilities but can cope if the system is reverted to the three terms where all the students report to school at the same time. That is why we have applied to the authorities to allow us run the old system all through; instead of the double track system for the first year students.”

Introduced in 2018-2019 academic year, the double track system creates a calendar of two semesters in a year for the SHS 1 class, containing 81 days per each semester and 41 days of vacation for a sandwich class. Under the system, teaching hours are increased from six hours per day to eight hours per day.

Government employed the double track system at the start of the 2018/2019 academic year as a temporary solution to the increase in intake due to the Free Senior High School policy. The double track system is expected to take five to seven years; within which period adequate infrastructure would be put in place and schools will revert to the normal educational calendar.

source; P.K Fordjour