Community Development Alliance (CDA-Ghana) a non-governmental organization in the Upper west Region has on Friday September 9, 2018 held a one day regional education forum on the double track system of education the current administration is seeking to implement this September. The forum is organized in other to fetch out some challenges and implications the program can cause and to suggest ways of solving such challenges when faced.
The Executive Director of CDA-Ghana, Mr. Salifu Issifu Kanton, speaking to Journalist in Wa, after the program noted that, his outfit seeks to bring to the door steps of the public to know what goes through the double track system adding that, the forum was organized for people in the Upper west to add their voices and also bring out the challenges that are likely to confront the system.
“So a lot of people are confused, they are not been carried along with the implementation of the policy. So as a civil society, we think that it is imperative for CDA-Ghana and Star Ghana to seek to create opportunity for mass public education on this policy so at least we can bring to speed the people of the Upper West Region to participate in the policy process” he noted.
The Director clearly indicated that, the policy is an emergency response system that does not address the problem for which it has been adopted to address. He stressed that it is not late yet for government to tackle the emerging fall outs noting that, government can reflect on its own actions and also listen to discerning views in other to make the policy work for the benefit of the Ghanaian public.
“We think it is not late yet, development is a continue process, it is not an end state, government can reflect at its own actions and try to accommodate discerning views to make sure that, the policy works to the good of Ghanaian” Mr. Kanton noted.
Meanwhile, the double track system if implemented is going to cost government an amount of GH¢323,061,739 with which government will incur GH¢ 267,236,989 employing 8872 teachers at GH¢ 30,120 per teacher for the 2018/2019 academic year. The GH¢ 55,824,750 is cost for academic intervention plan.
However, the current NPP administration is seeking to implement the double track system as an emergency solution to ease congestion at the various Public Senior High schools in the country. The congestion emerges in 2017 after the NPP government implemented one of its flagship programs, Free Senior High School.