Christian Council maintains Church will not indoctrinate students.

By Maame Aba Afful
PRESEC, One of the reputable Mission schools in Ghana

The history of education in Mission schools does not support claims of indoctrination being peddled by persons opposed to handing back the schools to the Church.

That is the response of the Christian Council of Ghana to assertions by MP for Asawase Muhammed-Muntaka Mubarak that handing over the school once again to the Missions will lead to indoctrination.

General Secretary Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong in a radio interview said government will remain a key stakeholder in the running of the schools at all times and so claims the students will be indoctrination are invalid.

"The history of education, especially in mission schools doesnt support the fear and the argument on indoctrination, infact mission schools have been very inclusive and there are ample examples of great Muslim scholars who have even some out of our [Mission] schools"

MP for Asawase and Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka has said by  the attempt by President Akufo-Addo to give full control of mission schools to the Churches is a bad idea.

According to him, the Churches already have considerable control over the schools and giving them full control will not augur well for the development of the country’s education.

The MP believes there need to be a holistic national discussion on the issue as any attempt to handover mission schools to the churches, could result in other religions demanding full control of their institutions as well. This he contends has the potential to unsettle religious harmony in the country.

Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong however disagrees, maintaining that the Missions schools have a reputation of accommodating other religious over the course of their existence, stressing in some of these schools, prefects and other positions are occupied by Muslims.

"It is not true, the history of education in this country doesnt sustain that argument that churches have done that [indoctrination] and there is no reason moving forward for the churches to do so" he said.