Government has revised its timelines for the elimination of the double-track system to between 3 to 4 years instead of the 5 to 7 years initially announced.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum when he toured Accra Academy Senior High after two dormitories of the school got burnt last Wednesday.
Akufo-Addo government launched the Green and Gold Track system in some selected Senior High Schools to be able to accommodate the large number of Junior High School graduates that gained admission into second cycle institutions across the country under the Free Senior High School initiative.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, the Deputy Education Minister stated that the first tranche of $500million from the securitised GETFund revenue has been released to fast-track the construction of 900 infrastructure projects in affected schools.
The provision of infrastructure in all schools, he assured, will speed up the elimination of the double-track system and create the necessary environment conducive for teaching and learning.
“We are eliminating double track within a period of 3 to 4 years but we even want to fast track it so all the new facilities you saw there were the intervention projects that we are doing in order to eliminate double track. There are over 900 buildings across the country that we’re building in every double-track school and the goal is that once it is done, classroom space will be
“As it’s happening here, 12-unit classroom block is being done, we have a dormitory that will take over 200 students. Once that is done, we will be able to eliminate double-track or reduce the participation of double track at every school so that is what we are working on now. The first 500 million has been released for construction along the length and breadth of this country.,” he noted.
After Senior High Schools, Dr Adutwum hinted that the government will focus on finishing all infrastructure projects in Basic schools and Tertiary institutions that have been left uncompleted.
“New basic schools are being built, senior high school is our priority so we are doing a lot of them. When the next tranche comes, we are looking at universities and making sure we complete uncompleted buildings there so that they will have opportunity to enrol more students coming down the pipe from the of double track,” he said.
“The only thing is that there are times when the contractors may not be up and doing the way they should and then we have to really call them and sit down with them, other than we are not being impeded by resources in terms of money. It is a lot of money. Something that you couldn’t get from the world bank or any other institution. The President had a vision when he was talking about 3 to five years, his vision was to ask GetFund to securitize monies that will come to them so GETFund knows that in ten years, a certain amount of money will come” he added.
In Accra Academy, for instance, the Minister indicated that an ongoing 200 capacity dormitory will be completed in 3 to 5 months.