The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, has indicated that there would be no extra classes for double-track students under the free senior school policy.
Addressing the press on Monday, the GES director said, the extra vacation classes ‘’is not part of the consideration’’ of government.
He was responding to a question on whether plans have been adopted to keep students under the green track busy after they complete their first semester.
In answering he said, government considered a number of options including linking students to industry so they could learn.
‘’We looked at a lot of options…It is possible that we could organise the extra classes in churches. But what we saying now is that, vacation is vacation, government, GES would not want to interfere with students vacation.’’
His comments however contradicts that of Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Premeph, who in August announced government will spend GHc50 per student so they could attend extra classes in their respective constituencies when they complete the first semester under the double-track.
At a press conference organized by the Information Ministry, the sector Minister said, the extra classes would be part of the interventions by government and that ‘’government is going to provide GHc50 per head to every student where teachers will organize extra classes. The teachers would not charge the students [because] government will give them the money.’’
He also announced Saturdays and Sundays could be declared academic intervention days to assist students and allow teachers to provide extra tutorials.
The classes would be undertaken by the Nation Builders Corps (NABcO) teachers, he added.
The government announced that its Free Senior High School policy would run on a double-track system from September 11 this year to create room for more students to be admitted, using the available educational facilities.
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The policy, which takes effect with a first batch labeled ‘Track Green’, is expected to convert the senior high school calendar into a semester system.
With the new system, the first year students will be split into two groups: Green Track and Gold Track, and attend the first phase of the first semesters in 81 alternating days.
This means that while the Green Track is in school for 41 days, the Gold Track will stay at home.