Bishop Commends Ghana’s Plan to Hand Back Management of Mission Schools

Bishop Commends Ghana’s Plan to Hand Back Management of Mission Schools

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Students at Saint Joseph Catholic School in Accra, Ghana, are seen in this 2005 file photo. The government of Ghana has indicated it might return management and supervision of mission schools to religious bodies. (CNS photo/Nic Bothma, EPA)

ACCRA, Ghana (CNS) – The government of Ghana has indicated it might be making a move to return management and supervision of mission schools to religious bodies. Church leaders welcomed the move but called for an educational partnership agreement to make a smooth transition. Bishop John Kwofie of Sekondi-Takoradi, who is in charge of education for the bishops’ conference, said the government originally helped mission schools because it was in charge of education. “Educating the population of a country is an immense duty that the state cannot do alone,” he said. “This assistance, however, evolved into what seemed like taking over the schools from their rightful owners who have, in some instances, been relegated to the background on account of the lack of clear policies or agreement,” he said.