Support implementation of double track system - Rev Asare tells religious bodies

BY: Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson
Rev. Ishmael Dometey Asare unveiling the plaque to officially open the new Presbyterian Church at Kwamoso (inset)
Rev. Ishmael Dometey Asare unveiling the plaque to officially open the new Presbyterian Church at Kwamoso (inset)

The Chairman of the Akuapem Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Reverend Ishmael Dometey Asare, has urged religious bodies to support the efforts of the government to make the implementation of the double track system under the free SHS, a success.

He said such support would enable the government to achieve its aim of absorbing all qualified students under the Free SHS policy.

“The religious bodies brought formal education to this country and with time, we partnered the government to enhance education. We must, therefore, support the policy of any government meant to increase access to education,’’ he said.

Rev. Asare was speaking during a ceremony to inaugurate and dedicate a newly built chapel and manse for the Ascension Congregation of the PCG at Kwamoso in the Eastern Region.

The 500–seater church was constructed in 14 months and has offices for ministers of the church, while the manse is a seven-bedroom edifice meant to serve as the place of abode of the officiating minister of the congregation.

The ceremony attracted many dignitaries, including the Minister of Regional Re-organisation and Development, Mr Dan Botwe, and a Deputy Minister of Information, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei


Double track system

The government is to introduce the double track system to help solve congestion and ease the problem of inadequate infrastructure as a result of the Free SHS, policy.
About 400 out of the 670 senior high schools will run the system.

Under the system, the entire student body and staff of a school operating the system will be divided into two, with one being in school and the other on vacation and vice–versa.

The government has also introduced the semester system in the senior high schools to replace the three-term school system.

Rev. Asare said: “As a democratic nation, everyone has his or her own opinion. People are, therefore, free to criticise the policy, but it should be criticism that would help solve the challenges associated with the policy and not to achieve a personal interest,’’ he said.

Dedication

In his address to dedicate the new church building, Rev. Asare urged Christians to take keen interest in activities that glorified God.

He lauded the pastor in charge of the congregation, Rev. Charles Fosu-Ayarkwah, for his leadership which had led to the construction of the new church building.

“God bless anyone who played a role for this dream to become a reality,’’ he said.

For his part, Rev. Fosu-Ayarkwah, tasked Christians not to lose faith in God.