Media person, Afia Schwarzenegger has disclosed that she had her doubts about how efficient the double-track system of education was going to be.
The double-track system was implemented to allow for students in the Senior High schools (SHS) the chance to equally get an education.
It became necessary due to the Free Senior High School system that meant every kid who qualified entry into the SHS to get an education without having to worry about tuition fee.
Because space was not enough to accommodate the large number of students who qualified for school, the double-track split the students into two groups; the green and the gold.
This means when one group is in school for a number of months, the other group stays at home and vice versa.
Parents have complained about the system but it has come to stay at least till the outcome of the general elections.
According to Afia Schwarzenegger, the system has taken kids off the streets and no kid is serving in houses as maidservants anymore.
She thus advises that people vote the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Nana Akufo Addo into power again to continue the free education system and the double track.
“When they started the double-track system, I was worried it wouldn’t work: how do some students stay at home while others go to school and vice versa. But after monitoring it for one year, I realized that it has been so effective. It’d be helpful to the kids,” she said in a video she shared to her social media accounts.
“At first, when orphans complete school, we go about begging people to take them in as house helps and apprentices but for the intervention of free SHS and double-track system, all the kids are in school. House helps are in scarcity. You won’t even meet any kid selling on the streets. This is why I say 4 more for Nana. 4 more for development so that he’d send our kids to school for us. Free SHS is good,” she added.
Watch the video below:
Afia’s twin boys are beneficiaries from the free SHS, also the first batch since its implementation.
They are back in school writing the WASSCE after she said she was scared of letting them go amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
By: Hajia Lamy Gates |ghanaweekend.com