His Lordship Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum, Catholic Bishop of Koforidua has stated that the stance of the Catholic Bishops conference of Ghana is not to demand a total take-over of missionary schools but to be active participators in the management of the schools.
He said this at the Climax of the rosary month at St Rose’s Senior High School, Akwatia in the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua.
“The correction that I would like to make is that, we as Bishops of the Catholic Bishops conference, we are not asking for a return of the schools to the Catholic church or to the missions but what we are asking for is participation, involvement in the management and supervision of our schools. This is what we are asking for”, he said.
This follows recent calls which seemingly suggests that the church’s leadership is calling for a return of missionary schools to its owners.
Christian leaders over the years have expressed worry at the deterioration of discipline and moral values in their legacy. The Christian Council of Ghana together with others have been pleading for the reversal of a 1984 take-over of their schools set up during colonial rule to provide Christian education.
Meanwhile Ghana’s Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh in May 2017 revealed government’s commitment to hand back the management of mission schools to religious bodies.
The Minister told journalists at a stakeholder’s forum on education in Kumasi, that the return of the schools to its previous management is a 2016 New Patriotic Party (NPP) manifesto pledge.
The reiterated commitment will be nothing short of excitement for religious leaders especially the Presbyterian and Methodist churches who have been pushing for a return of their educational assets which can described as the backbone of Ghana’s education system.