The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kenya has written to its Ghanaian counterpart to seek government to government technical assistance for their implementation of the Double Track system in Kenyan schools starting 2023, MyNewsGh.com reports.
In a letter addressed to
Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education of the Republic of Ghana signed by
the Cabinet Secretary of Kenya, Prof George A.O Magoha, CBS, the Kenyan government
says it wants to achieve 100% transition for two cohorts of students who will
be entering secondary school in 2023.
The Kenyan authorities said
they have followed the success stories emerging from the education reforms in
Ghana and wish to replicate same in their country.
“I applaud you for the
robust reforms that your country has embarked upon and the success stories that
are emerging. It is in this regard that I am writing to you to request for the government
to government technical support in conceptualizing and designing a double track
system that will enable Kenya achieve 100% transition for two cohorts of
learners who will transition to secondary school in 2023.” The letter from the
Kenyan Cabinet secretary said.
The Kenyans requested that
the government of Ghana send a team of two or at least one to help them in a
“I will appreciate if you
can send one or two officers to spend 10 days in Kenya, preferably before end
of March 2020 to help conceptualize and design the double track system. Kenya
will meet travel, accommodation and any other related costs.”
About Double track
The Double Track System was
introduced by the government oin order to enable various Senior High Schools in
Ghana to take in more students and ensure that all Ghanaian students have
access to a Senior High School education.
The Double Track System is
in two sessions, thus The Green Track and The Gold Track.
The double-track system took
off on September 11, 2018, with the track green students enrolling for the
2018/2019 academic year under the second phase of the Free SHS concept.
The track gold students, on
the other hand, are to get enrolled on November 8, 2018.
The government indicated
that the double-track system is not going to be a permanent feature of our second-cycle
It is expected to last
between five and seven years to allow the government ample time to address the
accommodation challenges in the various SHSs after which the 400 out of the 698
schools which are currently running the double-intake system will revert to the
trimester school calendar of the SHS.
The system has faced severe
criticism from both parents and politicians.
The opposition NDC has promised to review this arrangement if or when elected come December.