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FLASHBACK: Gov't to absorb fees for vacation classes under double -track-Minister-AUDIO Featured

Written by  Sep 11, 2018
On August 7, 2018, Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Premeph announced government was going to absorb cost for extra classes for students under the double-track system under the free senior high education policy. Addressing the media at the meet the press series in Accra, Education Minister Mathew Opoku Prempeh said the government was adopting the system while putting in measures to build enough educational structures. During the implementation of the policy, the Education Minister said, “government is going to provide per head GHC50 to every student as academic intervention, where the teachers if they have to organize extra lessons in Maths and English, will not charge their students. “The government will give them money to be able to pay for the extra classes.” He added that for students who will be on the green track, breaking frequently, “we are organizing to have extra classes at home and give them work when they are going home so that they can fulfil it.” He added government “will provide centres in the constituencies for them (students) to engage [and] meet teachers.” Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service who has said government will not organize extra classes for students has contradicted his statements. Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, 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 sending 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.’’

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