Hon. Dr Mathew Opoku, the minister for education in a presentation document to the Ghana Education Service council on the implementation of Free SHS in the 2018 academic year outlined that the program requires in excess of GHC 1.3Billion to ensure complete enrollment of students.
EVEN IF WE HAVE ALL THE FUNDS WE CANNOT BUILD QUICK ENOUGH FOR 2018 ENTRANTS
The document went on to reveal that even if the funds were available, the infrastructure couldn’t be built within the time frame.
In order to meet the expected enrolment growth in senior high schools across the country, the Ministry of Education is proposing the adoption of a Double-track School Calendar
The objectives of the Double-track School Calendar are: Create room to accommodate increase in enrolment, Reduce class sizes, Increase contact hours, Increase the number of holidays. This will be achieved with existing infrastructure.
The Double-track calendar is an intervention that allows schools to accommodate more students within the same facility and is often m motivated by its potential to improve overcrowding as well as to save costsrelative to new school construction in the short term.
Countries currently running the double track system includes:
1. Australia – Still using the system
2. Costa Rica – Still using the system
3. Japan – Still using the system
4. United States (Over 3,000 schools still use the system)
5. California (Park Elementary School – first to implement the system in
7. North Carolina