Double track system finally takes off

The first batch of students in the second cycle level are to report to schools today as controversial double-track system, which seeks to ease congestion in public senior high schools (SHSs) commences today.

According to reports, students with Green Track are required to begin classes today.

Students who have the Track marked Gold, according to the Education Ministry, would have to wait for their turn in coming months.

Students on the Gold Track are to verify their status or undertake their registration process from now to November 8, 2018, while those with no track would resume as normal students.

Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, Education Minister, had earlier stated that only 400 out of the estimated 670 SHSs would run the double-track system for the 2018/2019 academic year.

It is believed that over 8,000 teachers are being recruited to handle the sandwich classes so that teachers would not be deprived of their holidays.

Under this new system, teaching hours are due to increase from six hours per day to eight hours per day.

Teaching hours are expected to increase from 1,080 hours per year under the current trimester system to 1,134 hours per year under the proposed double-track system.

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