Kenya Wants Double Track Eagerly

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Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh

The Double Track System, introduced by the government to ease the pressure on facilities in the Senior High Schools (SHSs) because of the massive intake under the Free SHS, has received international recognition with some countries moving in to understudy Ghana.

Kenya eagerly wants to understudy Ghana’s system with alacrity such that it has requested the Ministry of Education to send officers to that country to show them the way.

The decision by Kenya to rope in Ghana to help fashion out the Double Track System was taken at the country’s Cabinet level.

Kenya wants the Ministry of Education to send officers who will spend some 10 days in that country, preferably before the end of March 2020, to help conceptualise and design the Double Track System.

A letter dated January 31, 2020 signed by Kenyan Cabinet Secretary, Professor George A. O. Magoha, and addressed to Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, said: “I applaud you for the robust reform that your country has embarked on and the successes that are emerging.”

“It is in this regard that I am writing to request for government-to-government technical support in conceptualising and designing a Double Track System that would enable Kenya to achieve 100 percent transition for two cohorts of learners who will transition to secondary school in 2023,” the letter stated.

The letter said: “I will appreciate if you can consider sending one or two officers to spend about ten days in Kenya preferably before end of March, 2020.”

The Government of Ghana fashioned out the Double Track System as a way of dealing with the high intake of Junior High School (JHS) graduates into various SHSs.

The programme, which has been successful, has helped students who otherwise would not have gained admission to schools to be in school.

Although there were problems with the system when it was introduced, the Ministry of Education, through the Ghana Education Service and the Free SHS Secretariat, has been able to resolve majority of the problems that emerged afterwards.

Credible reports indicate that the Kenyan High Commission in Ghana has been following the exploits of the Ministry of Education since the introduction of the Free SHS.

It was the High Commission that reported Ghana’s success in Free SHS to its government which compelled it to follow it up with a request for Ghana to help in developing the Double Track System in that East African country.

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