Some students on the double track system have aired their frustration with the limited time afforded them to study ahead of their end-of-semester exams.
According to them, their chances of passing is in jeopardy since they’ve not been given enough time to cover the syllabus.
The double track system is currently operational in some 400 Senior High Schools, as the government aims to cater for increased enrolment under the free Senior High School programme.
This particular system of education divides the entire student body and staff into two different tracks; so while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.
Both Green and Gold tracks have completed their first semesters, with the former returning for the second semester on Saturday.
Some of the students on the Green Track have, however, expressed concern with the limited time afforded them ahead of the end-of-semester exams.
According to report by Accra-based Citi FM, some of the students lamented the inadequate contact hours, coupled with the huge workload from their syllabus.
One of the students is quoted as saying: “I am somehow afraid because the teaching and learning days are inadequate. The teachers also go strictly to the syllabus where a topic can take two weeks for it to be fully treated. So, we are not able to cover anything.”
Another student noted: “We are not prepared. The topics are very broad to be completed in this short time. The teachers keep skipping the topics because of time.”
In a related news, former president John Dramani Mahama has revealed that he will abolish the double track system should he be voted as president in 2020.
According to him, there was very little engagement with stakeholders before the policy was implemented by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
“I will also work hard to abolish the double track system in the shortest possible time. We will do this by investing massively in the expansion of school infrastructure such as additional classroom blocks and dormitories and the completion of 200 Day schools popularly known as E-blocks that we started to enable our children attend school at the same time and have adequate contact hours with their teachers,” Mahama said last month.