FREE SHS: Double Track Intervention in Senior High Schools 

SHS Students
SHS Students

The Free Senior High School (FSHS) program implemented in September 2017 has provided hope to children who otherwise could not have furthered their education after junior high school mostly due to cost barriers.

In the 2016/17 academic year, the number of children who qualified and had been placed in senior high school but could not enroll stood at 11,336 out of a total of 420,135 who were placed.

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However, in the 2017/18 academic year, following the introduction of the Free Senior High School program, this dropped to 62,453 out of 424,224 who were placed in senior high schools. Clearly therefore, more children were accessing senior high school.


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With the government’s determination that no child should be left behind, the Double Track (DT) system was introduced after consultation with stakeholders. The DT aims to tackle the issue of increased student demand with limited infrastructure in many preferred Senior High Schools across the nation.

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It sought to achieve four major aims with existing infrastructure:

1. Create room to accommodate the increase in enrollment.

2. Reduce class sizes.

3. Increase contact hours with teachers.

4. Increase the number of holidays (especially for teachers).



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