Presby Church applauds govt on implementation of Free SHS

Rt. Rev. Prof. Cephas Narh Omenyo Moderator Presby of the Presby Church

Rt. Rev. Prof. Cephas Narh Omenyo Moderator Presby of the Presby Church

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) has applauded the government on its progressive efforts to implement the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy.

According to the Church, the free SHS Policy when successfully implemented would relieve many families and ensure equity in access to secondary education in the country.

This was contained in a communique to climax the church’s 17th General Assembly, and was read by the Acting Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Dr George Opare Kwapong at the Ramseyer Training Centre, Abetifi-Kwahu in the Eastern Region.

“The Free SHS, if well implemented and managed would also hasten the human capital development of the country,” it added.

However, the Church also advised government to be fair during the implementation so that all citizens would enjoy the benefits irrespective of their political affiliations.

The Church also reminded the government of the gap in quality in basic education between urban privileged schools and rural underprivileged ones, noting that leaving this gap unaddressed would continue to sustain the current situation whereby access to secondary education is determined largely by the place of birth or where they grow up.

Rev. Dr George Opare Kwapong also noted with pleasure the contribution the Christian community and other religious groups continue to make to the socio-economic, political and spiritual development of Ghana.

He said apart from the significant contribution to education, and health-care delivery, many churches continue to play their traditional roles in preaching, advocacy, counselling, peace initiatives and promotion of sound spirituality for human flourishing.

Meanwhile, Rev. Kwapong said the church is concerned about the spread of false doctrines and occultism in the country, and therefore, admonished preachers to beware of the gradual shift toward motivational messages in the churches.

The PCG further reiterated its previous call on the Christian Council of Ghana, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, and all leaders of Christian institutions in the country to strengthen aspects of their institutional structures to deal effectively with the challenges that damage the image of the Christianity in Ghana.

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana, as a key stakeholder in the national developmental agenda, every year issues a communique at the end of its General Assembly bordering on issues of national, ecclesiastical and human relevance.

From David Kodjo, Kwahu-Abetifi

 

 

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