Control of Missionary Schools to Revert to Churches Soon- President Akufo-Addo

Government says it will revert the control of missionary schools to Churches as the country's youth now more than ever, needs the traditions of discipline, hard work and integrity inculcated in the moral fabric.


Virtues, values and morality, and the love for each other according to some Ghanaian concerned statesmen and the clergy, need to be thought in our schools in other to deal with the moral decadence among the Ghanaian youth.


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who made this known, last Saturday, when he addressed the 75th anniversary celebration and 72nd graduation ceremony of the Trinity Theological Seminary in Accra said even though he was glad that many religious groups now seem to want to “concentrate on the tertiary sector in the provision of education”, it was imperative churches of the Seminary took a cursory look at the early childhood sector, as the churches used to be very active in this sector.


“There is an obvious, great need in this sector as we seem to be failing our young people. There is no gainsaying the fact that the most critical stages of education for any child are the early years. The words of Holy Scripture tell us, again, that ‘train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will never depart from it’”, he said. The President retorted.


President Akufo-Addo continued, “starting with our schools, we have to teach virtues, values and morals, and love for each other.  If this is not done, we will be failing our young people. The churches have a proven track record in this sector, and I urge you to go back and help our nation. I daresay it would be useful for the growth of the churches as well.”


Churches must aid moral recovery & practice


With 71.2% of the population practicing Christianity, the President noted that Christian theological education was of no use, if it could not be translated into a system of moral recovery and practice.


 He entreated the Church “to speak out against the ills of our nation, and join government’s fight against them – corruption, social and economic injustice, crime, the illegal mining menace, popularly referred to as galamsey, and the new phenomenon of vigilantism.”


Again, with the Church and education being linked, President Akufo-Addo noted that now more than ever, the traditions of discipline, hard work and integrity that characterise the churches that sponsor the Trinity Theological Seminary are needed in our country.


 President Akufo-Addo urged the graduands to rise up to their religious responsibilities, and stimulate the desired motivational spirit of renewal and transformation towards effective nation-building.


“The growth of the Church should be measured not only in the number of its followers, but also in the quality of its members, who are dedicated to uphold the spiritual virtues of Jesus Christ. A Church, even with a limited number of congregations, can make a difference by breaking new grounds and bringing light where there is darkness,” he added.


President Akufo-Addo urged the church to support his government with prayers in other to help him and his government carry out their mandate successfully.


According to the President, he won the 2016 election because the Ghanaian people were dissatisfied with their living conditions and the direction in which the economy and the country was heading too, adding that “they believed we, in the NPP, were different, and could put in place the requisite measures to improve their living conditions”.


It is for this reason, the President said, “we have begun to work on the fundamentals of the economy, because we believe that an improved macro-economy is a fundamental requirement for stimulating the investments we need for the significant expansion and growth of the national economy, and the generation of wealth and jobs.”


This, President Akufo-Addo noted, has resulted in the growing stability of the macro-economy and the cedi, reduction in inflation and interest rates, and an abolition of nuisance taxes, whose aim is to shift the focus of the economy from an emphasis on taxation to an emphasis on production.


The President said, government has begun the implementation of initiatives such as the Free SHS policy, the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, the 1-District-1-Factory Initiative, the National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Plan (NEIP), to help start-ups, and the difficult early stages of setting up businesses, the reintroduction of the Mass Cocoa Spraying Exercise, and re-afforestation programmes, amongst others.


“The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) is poised to employ some 60,000 youth. Extension officers, health professionals and teachers are now being employed, again, to provide much needed support for our agricultural, health and education sectors,” he added. 


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)