As part of its regional dialogue on the soon to be implemented Double Track System (DTS) in selected Senior High Schools across the country, STAR Ghana in collaboration with CDD- Ghana and Daily Graphic has held the third of its series of dialogues in Cape Coast.
Dr. Michael Boakye Yiadom
The dialogue on the education policy was on “Unpacking the Double Track System: Ensuring Access, Quality and Sustainability”.
Dr. Michael Boakye Yiadom, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Educational Planning and Administration of UCC, who was a speaker called for the depoliticization of the discourse regarding the implementation of the DTS.
He believes since the policy is bound to be rolled out in just a few weeks irrespective of the numerous red flags raised by stakeholders, it is necessary that a culminated effort from same is channeled towards its success. He described the system as an innovative and bold intervention.
“The government believes that the most convenient option is the double track. We may disagree but that is what government says. Did we have enough consultations, probably not, but that decision has been made and whether we like it or not, it’s going to happen, the calendar is out. Many of us disagree with the way it is being implemented but the reality is, it’s going to happen”, he said.
He added “I believe in appreciative education, I believe in positive psychology, I am an optimist and I believe that we all need to discuss ways of making sure that this intervention works for our country and for me that is the most important thing”.
Prof. Eric Nyarko Sampson,
Prof. Eric Nyarko Sampson, Dean of the Faculty for Educational Foundation, UCC and Board Chair of the National Teaching Council said more attention must be given to mentally preparing students, marked to benefit from this system instead saying “As a psychologist and a counselor, I strongly believe that mindset has got to do with everything about the individual, so if students are now preparing their mind to go to school and they hear people saying bad things about the project, it will create a negative mindset in them.
It is important for us and for commentators and think tanks to come together to ensure that we psych these children up and prepare them adequately for school”.
In his submission, a retired educationist, Mr. Koame Meiza Edjah advised that the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) is adequately equipped to educate the general public on the new system.
“I will advise the Minister of Education to collaborate with NCCE to start immediately going round to educate parents for them to understand this stop gap policy so that they can also help we the educators to encourage our kids to accept that, that is the situation now. Let us all be good ambassadors of the double track system”, Mr Edjah noted.
On her part, a retired educationist, Madam Vivian Etroo who contributed to the discussion indicated the need for government to complete hanging projects begun
Madam Vivian Etroo
by previous administrations in order to wean off the double track system in the shortest possible time. In a way to get this done, she suggested that government consults the Ghana Contractors Association to seek assistance with the completion of the projects hanging in these secondary schools.
Madam Etroo also raised concerns with the vacation intervention that the minister of education suggested. With this, students on vacation will also have another window of opportunity to attend classes. Madam Etroo says the ministry must come out with better explanations on how this will work.
The educational dialogue makes its next stop in the Northern regional capital of Tamale and then to Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
SOURCE: ATL FM NEWS