Government has been urged to expedite processes towards handing over of all mission schools back to their churches.
This follows the persistent demand by the various religious missions in the country to take back the control and management of their schools.
Consequently, government after a number of stakeholder consultations has agreed to in principle to cede to the demand of the churches.
A move, the Koforidua-Ho Grand Commandery of the noble order of Knights of St. John International and Ladies Auxiliary, a society affiliated to the Catholic Church, noted was in the right direction.
In communiqué issued at its recently held biennial Convention in Ho, the Volta regional capital, the quasi-military catholic society, believes that the churches having control of their schools, would inure to the holistic education of young people with sound moral discipline, and as such, called for the fast tracking of the processes to enable the churches get hold of their schools.
“We congratulate the government of the day for the bold and well thought out indication it has given of its preparedness to hand over the administration of mission schools to the Churches that established these schools.”
“We are by copies of this communiqué urging the minister of education and the Attorney – General to initiate the necessary policy measures and legislation to bring to fruition the good intentions of the government of handing over the administration and control of these mission schools to the Churches that established them.,” stated the communiqué jointly signed by the outgoing Grand Presidents of the Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of the order, Major General Peter Claver Sangber Dery and Noble Sister Elizabeth Atiemo, respectively.
It also called for the strengthening of the education Units of the various Religious missions to enable them effectively take up the management of the school upon completion of the transfer process.
“We accordingly urge the government to replicate the partnership with the Churches in the health Sector in the educational Sector as well by paying the salaries of the teachers and other non- teaching staff of the mission schools whilst as the same time strengthening the educational units of the various Churches to enable them exercise their supervisory roles over the mission schools effectively. We believe that what is good for the health sector and is yielding high dividends must also be replicated in the educational sector for the benefit of our youth and generations yet unborn.”