The Government has asked the Committee on education reforms to address concerns about the re-introduction of religious and moral education as a key subject in first cycle schools.
"The Government's view is that in a spirit of accommodation and compromise, the Anamuah Committee on Educational Reform and the Ghana Education Service on the one hand, should discuss and address this and other pertinent issues in a way that will enrich the on-going Reform to the benefit of the entire nation," it said in a statement in Accra signed by Mr D.K. Osei, Secretary to the President.
To this end, it said, President John Agyekum Kufuor had directed the Minister of Education to initiate and oversee the necessary meetings.
Government said it had taken notice of the raging debate, which had been generated by the Pastoral Letter published by the Catholic Bishops' Conference at the end of its Plenary Session in Kumasi on November 9, 2007, and endorsed by the Christian Council of Ghana, among others.
It said a critical issue raised in the Letter was the need to re-introduce Religious and Moral Education as a key subject on the curriculum of basic schools.
"While government remains fully committed to the New Education Reform Policy, which was launched just last September, it is not in principle against having Religious and Moral Education as a key subject on the School Curriculum," it said.