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Appoint qualified persons to head religious schools

28 June 2012 | Education

Takoradi, June 29, GNA - Managers of the various religious schools in the country have been asked to appoint qualified individuals to head the educational institutions

Mr. Joseph Bagbin, Headmaster of the St. Mary's Boys Senior High at Apowa in the Western Region, who made the call on Tuesday, said when such appointments are made bases on religious faith, it makes the running of the schools difficult.

He was speaking at a day's workshop, organised by the National Catholic Secretariat in collaboration with STAR Ghana for teachers and educational workers of the various mission schools in Takoradi.

The event that was on the theme: “State and Church Partnership towards Enhancing Education Service Delivery and Governance,” was to create awareness on the need for effective cooperation, communication, collaboration and consultation between the state and the churches in promoting quality education in the country.

The church was touted as the primary provider of education both at the primary, secondary and the teacher training levels in both pre and post colonial era.

Presently, religious bodies have also provided universities to support the government in that regard.

Ms. Rosemond Austin, Regional Manager of the Catholic Educational Unit, Western Region, said presently, under the decentralization policy, the partnership between the state and the church has not receive any documentation adding, the role of the educational unit has not been clearly specified.

She said that the religious education Unit's position on the organogram was conspicuously missing.

Ms. Austin also hinted that the role of the education units has not been clearly specified in the Act.


He said that pressing issues had necessitated a nationwide brainstorming exercise to push ahead the grievances of the religious schools to government for redress and effective education delivery.

The Most Reverend Mathias Nketsiah, Archibishop of Cape Coast, noted that education continued to form the bases for development of human capital, which is the most valuable asset of every nation.

He said the church's involvement in education was intended to partner the government to effectively satisfy this human need and added that through education, the common good of society was promoted.

The Most Rev. Nketsiah said that the church was involved in education, evangelism, promotion of sound human development through Christian principles, provide moral and religious training for the youth, provide options to parents and also supplement government's effort.


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