UEW VC Lauds Gov’t For Introducing Double Track System

The acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni, has commended the government for introducing the double track system in senior high schools (SHSs).

According to him, the system had been tried and tested in some advanced countries and proved successful, hence it would help Ghana’s educational system.

The government has explained that the two-track system is meant to cater for the increase in enrolment into SHSs due to the free SHS policy.

The full implementation of the new system is expected to cost GH¢323 million. The objective of the double track system is to create room to accommodate all the students, reduce class sizes, increase contact hours and increase the number of holidays.

The system is similar to the academic calendar used in the universities. With the system, each track will be in school for specific days for each semester and go on vacation and come back for the second semester. While the first track is in school, the second track will be on vacation, and vice versa.

Prof. Afful-Boni made the commendation when the UEW signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Effutu Traditional Council last Friday.

“We, in this university, are building and expanding extensively our infrastructure. Designs have been completed and contracts are about to be awarded for the construction of eight pavilions each with a 550-seat capacity.

“All of this is in anticipation of the arrival of the first batch of the free senior high school students. We are increasing and expanding Wi-Fi access to ease research, teaching and learning. We are bringing on board more resources and more lecturers are being employed to meet these numbers.”

“We, at this university, are happy that the government has, once again, come up with an initiative — the senior high school double track system. The double track System is acknowledged internationally as a useful education policy that ensures an equitable distribution of resources and access to high schools and tertiary institutions by everyone.

“Those of us in academia are aware of several studies which indicate that the double track or multi-track system of education such as the one being rolled out by the government leads to improvement in learning and academic achievements because of relatively fewer classes and also improved teacher-student ratio.”

For his part, the NPP MP for Effutu, Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, said he believed the signing of the MoU marked the beginning of good things for the constituency and the school.

He described the MoU as a major landmark in the development of the university, in particular, and the constituency as a whole.