The Deputy Minister for Education, Rev. John NtimFordjour, has reiterated the fact that the nation’s education sector has seen a massive boost in diverse ways within the past five years.
He explained that the massive infrastructure development by the government had led to easing the pressure on accommodation in Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country.
Speaking to the media in Accra on Friday, Rev. Fordjour stated that the increase in infrastructure in schools had led to the new cohort system whereby each year group would be in school together eliminating the Gold/Green double-entry of Forms 1&2 students.
That, he said, did not mean that the double-track system had been abolished but that it was only being operated in a different form for easy management and administration.
He cited for instance that each year group being in school at the same time would ease the burden on teachers since they would not have to set different forms of questions for the same year group due to different times of writing their examinations and other forms of monitoring and evaluation.
Rev. NtimFordjour who is the Deputy Minister-in-charge of General Education at the Education Ministry and also the Member of Parliament for Assin South in the Central region stated that, similarly, all Form two students would go to school as one cohort not divided into two.
He was upbeat that as more school buildings were completed, the entire school population would report to school at the same time as one cohort as it pertains in single track schools.
Rev. NtimFordjour assured the nation that, irrespective of the cohort that one attended, the same instruction quality would be provided to the students and therefore urged parents not to worry at all.
After weeks of waiting by anxious parents and other stakeholders in the education sector, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Prof. KwasiOpokuAmankwa, last Friday announced the various reopening dates for pre-tertiary schools as well as other schemes for its operation for the next three years.
It is based on this that many social commentators and social media users started various speculations about the double-track system and the new cohort system.
The Education Ministry late last year set up a team led by Rev. NtimFordjour to come out with a new timetable for the management of education in the country.
This led to a planned and well-structured timetable for the next three years for the smooth running of the education sector as an effort was being made to go back to the previous education calendar as a result of the covid-19 pandemic which led to a change from the normal school calendar.