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Double track, galamsey fight most disliked gov’t policies – Report

One of government’s most fiercely pushed policies; the double track Senior High School education system, has turned out to be its most disliked policy among the electorate.

At the same time, one popularly supported policy; the fight against galamsey, is now the second most disliked of government’s policies.

This is according to findings by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana on Wednesday.

The Department sampled views of 5,000 respondents from across all ten regions of the country on their assessment of the two policies by the Akufo-Addo Administration.

The findings also show that the voters dislike government’s drones for health program, while a significant number expressed disappointment at government’s job creation efforts.

Head of Political Science Department, Dr. Maame Gyekye-Jandoh, presented the findings of the research on Wednesday.

“The government’s most liked policy and most disliked policy are related to education. And that is what I find interesting. For the second year running, free SHS has been most supportive of government policies. And yet only 33% said the double track was good, and 45% said it was not.”

“Indeed, double track is said to be the most disliked government program even though it was meant to facilitate free SHS by giving greater access; so a dilemma of sort.”

Dr. Maame Gyekye-Jandoh said they believe the double track system was implemented in haste without adequate education, hence the rejection by some respondents.

“What we see about it is that it is clear the double track system was introduced hurriedly and suddenly. It has brought confusion to many and the government must do well to deepen public education and clear some doubts of the misconception…it’s a typical situation where if you don’t educate the people for them to understand what you are trying to do, people will misinform them and that will be at your own peril,” he added.

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