Mission Schools: A promise to no avail?

It is an open secret that the current government has expressed the desire of handing over mission schools to its original administrators: The Presbyterian Church, The Methodist church and The Catholic Church after the 1984 take-over of its schools by government.


 

This promise which is part of the 2016 manifesto pledge of His Excellency Nana Akufo Addo’s government seems to be a castle in the air as Ghana draws nearer to election 2020.

However, Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education reiterated the intention of government that the return of the mission schools to its former owners is a pledge by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which should be fulfilled  nonetheless, there is no time frame to take effect.

The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, GCBC has insisted government continues the responsibility of funding the schools’ activities even after handing over to the church and this situation appears to be the point of disagreement between the government and the Catholic Conference.

The handing over is a question of effective management, speaking to Citi News, the President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Philip Naameh mentioned the desire of the conference to address the deteriorating state of discipline in schools, a cause for worry.

In the wake of confusion and lawlessness in schools, the GCBC urged government not to sideline Religious and Moral Education, RME in the name of modernization for it has clearly served as a means for character formation and transformation in schools over the years which the 2018 communiqué have asked for a genuine stakeholders’ engagement in the development of a new educational curriculum.

Various religious groups, including the Christian Council of Ghana has declared their stands against any preparation associated with the introduction of Comprehensive Sexuality Education CSE in basic schools to pupils as young as 5 years. It is not surprising that Government later rested their intention on Comprehensive Sexuality Education CSE.

By Juliette Y. Manomey

DEPSOCOM news, Accra