Gov't to implement Dual Intake System for SHS in September

By Maame Aba Afful
Gov't to implement Dual Intake System for SHS in September
Gov't to implement Dual Intake System for SHS in September

Government will implement the Dual Intake System for newly admitted Public Senior High School students across the country in September 2018.

 The new system which is expected to reduce class sizes and increase lesson hours will address the growing population of students benefitting from the Free SHS Policy.

President Akufo-Addo confirmed the implementation of the Dual Intake System during a durbar of students and teachers at Tamale Senior High School as part of his tour in the Northern Region.

Though it is being viewed as an intervention, President Akufo-Addo said this system “has been tried elsewhere and found to be successful, especially because it has led to a reduction in class sizes and an increase in the contact hours that the teachers have with their students.”

According to President Akufo-Addo, the 2018/2019 academic year will see a 31 percent increase in the number of students entering senior high school.

“Unfortunately, we have not been able to increase the infrastructure as rapidly as the number of entrants. But if you are prepared to find a way, you will find that way, and we have found a way to be able to absorb this intake. We call it the Dual Intake System that is going to allow us on a semester basis, to address the challenge of this new population,” the President said.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the 2018/2019 academic year will see a 31 percent increase in the number of students entering senior high school.

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“Unfortunately, we have not been able to increase the infrastructure as rapidly as the number of entrants. But if you are prepared to find a way, you will find that way, and we have found a way to be able to absorb this intake. We call it the Dual Intake System that is going to allow us on a semester basis, to address the challenge of this new population,” the President said.

The new system is expected to cost GH₵323 million to fully implement.

The cost comprises GH₵267.2 million for teaching cost and GH₵55.8 million for academic interventions.

The dual intake system is also going to be accompanied by an increase in the number of teachers.

The President had already noted that the government had plans to recruit 8,000 more teachers.

“We are doing it by first of all expanding the numbers of teachers. We are recruiting over 8,000 more teachers for the secondary schools this year than we had last year, and then we are going to employ a double track school calendar system.”

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