The Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has called on stakeholders in the provision of education at the basic school level to submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the formalization of the partnership frame work between Government and Religious Bodies to promote quality education.
The decision, according to the sector minister would also facilitate knowledge sharing and documentation of both practical and strategic ways of improving the quality of Basic Education in the country.
This was disclosed at a meeting organised by Ghana Education Service (GES), with Religious Bodies in Accra.
He noted that the partnership between Religious Bodies and the government in education service delivery some years back has been fruitful, saying “there were countless sources and references that attested to the mutual benefit to both the Faith-Based Organisation and Government but the partnership had remained fluid and undocumented.”
Therefore, he had asked various representatives from the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) and the Islamic Council for Development and Humanitarian Services (ICODEHS) to submit a document that captures how the Faith –Based Schools should be managed as part of the process to formalize their partnership.
The Sector Minister urged them to set up a strong committee which is well empowered to review the various documents.
“The committee should represent empowered individuals from your various councils to develop an operational plan for the implementation and should consider the key indicators of quality education,” Dr. Prempeh reiterated.
He pointed out that, if the religious bodies would want to promote their core moral values, then they should assign counsellors to their various institutions to ensure their core moral values were being inculcated.
Change of Government
Since 1999, the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference and some religious bodies had taken serious steps with Government to review their partnership in education, with the institution of a joint Committee to review and draft a new partnership agreement between Government and the Religious Bodies in management of Faith –Based schools completing its report for government in July 2008, but had since not been formalized by Government for endorsement due to changes in government.
With effective partnership, the religious bodies believe it would improve management, supervision and supply side- accountability for education at the decentralized level with the full recognition and involvement of Religious Unit Managers and other stakeholders.
The Meeting also brought together diverse stakeholders in Education including the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET), Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Chairman of GES, Mr Michael Sowah and other Religious Bodies including the Ghana Pentecostal Charismatic Council (GPCC), Christian Service of Ghana (CCG) and the Catholic Bishops Conference among others to explore how the objectives of delivering quality education at the basic education could be maximized through collaborative effort.