From Richard Owusu-Akyaw, Kumasi .
The Chairman of Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, has said the educational system has devalued moral and religious education in the name of modernity.
The Diocesan Bishop of Sekondi Takoradi noted that the educational system had devalued philosophy of religion and the study of the humanities.
According to him, the modern Ghanaian is gradually being made to believe that studying the Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Theology, Psychology, Linguistics and History is a waste of time.
Most Rev. Bonaventure Kwofie, who was addressing a three-day National Delegates Conference of the Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT) in Kumasi, said the country had failed to recognise that those fields of study form the fundamentals of any serious society.
The theme of the Conference was: “Implementing the Educational Vision and Mission of the Church, The Role of ACT in the Era of the New Evangelism.”
The Catholic Bishop said Ghana had failed to recognise that, like any building whose strength is determined by its structural arrangements, made up of a solid foundation and concrete pillars holding the structure together, Religion, Philosophy and Morality are structural arrangements that hold the moral fabric of society.
Most Rev. Bonaventure Kwofie said when educators fail to inject this in the educational value of our children during their formative period, the children grow up to see that there is nothing wrong to trample on the weak and innocent, and take advantage of them.
“Unfortunately, we are building up a convention which upholds dishonesty and greediness, and derides truth, diligence and handwork. This is conventional wisdom, it changes our value system and corrupts our world view,” he noted.
The General Manager of Catholic Schools, Mrs Doris Eshun, emphasised the need for stronger collaboration between the church and the Catholic institutions to uphold the core values and discipline of the Catholic faith.
The National Coordinator of the Association of Catholic Teachers, Mr. Boakye Baafi, commended members for their selfless dedication and commitment in promoting Catholic education.
The unveiling of the Association of Catholic Teachers’ cloth climaxed the conference