The Paramount Chief of Mankessim Traditional Area, Nana Amanfo Edu VI, has described the Double-Track System introduced this academic year as brilliant, and innovative and urged all Ghanaians to commend it.


According to Nana Amanfo Edu VI, the policy, which is an integral part of the Free SHS policy, had helped to absorb the large intake of 450,000 students who, hitherto would have dropped out of school at the Junior High School level.


He made the commendation at a durbar held in honour of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at Mankessim during his just ended 4-day tour of the Central Region.


Nana Amanfo Edu VI admitted that though there would be pressure on the country's resources, it was better than to "deprive these innocent children from being educated.”


To this end, the Paramount Chief urged government and parliament to reconsider the use of the Heritage Fund to educate the present generation of Ghanaian students, who represents the nation’s future.


 “The future generation are these same children we are seeing today with the placards thanking the President for his Free SHS policy. When they are 40, 50 or 60 years old, they would be like us.


“So, if we are keeping these monies for them for their use in the future, and they are not educated now, how would they then make good use of these monies?” Nana Amanfo Edu VI quizzed.


 The Free SHS policy, he said, was a refreshing one that “has been implemented to the delight of all Ghanaians.  


"We are living witnesses to the fact that when President Akufo-Addo said he will implement the Free SHS policy, in the first year, over 200,000 Ghanaian children were admitted into SHS, for which parents did not pay any fees.


 “For us, as Chiefs, we wish to state, here and now, that the Double-Track System is brilliant and innovative,” the Paramount Chief stated.


Government this year introduced the Double Track System as a means to absorb the large number of Senior Secondary School intake as a result of the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)

Created: 18 September 2018
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