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Quality of education hasn’t declined under Free SHS – Adutwum tells Mahama

Dr Adutwum says the government’s strategy is enhancing quality of learning and it is allowing the country to educate 400, 000 more students

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, deputy minister of education, says the quality of education has not declined under the government’s flagship free senior high school (SHS) programme as being speculated. 

Dr Adutwum was speaking in an interview with Benjamin Offei Addo on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday (30 October) following the pronouncement by the NDC flagbearer that he will scrap the double-track system within a year if given the mandate.

John Mahama said the next NDC administration will build dormitories for the schools situated in rural areas to accommodate students, who are posted outside of the school’s jurisdiction.

“We believe that when we tackle this seriously within the first year, we would be able to create enough capacity to be able to move the children into these schools,” he told Woezor TV.

“And so, if we even build a hundred or more schools, it means that a thousand or more children can find access and that will ease the pressure on the existing secondary schools.”

However, Dr Adutwum said the opposition NDC lacks the strategy and what it takes to make the policy more effective.

“We created a system that enables us to increase enrolment and reduce class sizes, that is not something I don’t hear the NDC talk about. In some schools, before we came to power, when you go to a school like Accra Girls Senior High School, there were about 70 students in a class and after double-track, it became 50 students,” he said.

Quality not compromised

He said the double-track initiative delivered more instructional time and also allowed teachers ample time to finish their syllabus ahead of time.

“So, the double-track delivered something difficult to achieve without constructing more schools,” he said.

“All across the board, this is the strategy that is enhancing the quality of learning and at the same time allowing the country to educate 400, 000 more students.”

The deputy education minister said enrollment was increased to about 70% during the first year of the introduction of the double-track system.  

Fred Dzakpata   

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