Advantages And Uses Of Double Shift Schools

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Double shift schools have been in use throughout the world since early 20th century. It’s a type of school that operates in two shifts, the am and pm shifts. The students will divide into two batches one for morning and the other one are for the afternoon. This idea came up because of the lack of facilities, school and to increase the number of students that can be taught without having to build another school. Bray (2000), according to him double shift schools may also be called as double session schools, bi-sessional schools, and half day schools. Like in Botswana, the term they use is ‘double-session’ which means different students in the morning and afternoons but the same number of classroom hours and different teachers for each session. In South Africa and Namibia, double shift schooling called ‘platooning’. This seems to imply a sort of military.

The main purpose of double shift schooling is to increase the supply of school places while limiting strain on the budget (Bray, 2000). Way back then, the use of double shifting began to emerge with the Great Depression, when districts crippled by the economic downturn could not afford to build new schools. The introduction of double shifting allows a single building and facilities to serve more students to attend classes especially in urban areas, where land is deficient and construction of new buildings is exorbitant. Many countries that have been using double shift schooling helped them to move towards

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