National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has proposed new reforms that will ensure that RME is cut out, deleted and erased from the syllabus of the basic school curriculum.
When implemented, the Religious and Moral Education (RME) will seize to exist as a subject at the Basic school.
This proposal, when fully implemented, will see Religious and Moral Education (RME) removed from the syllabus.
Western Culture continues to influence our decisions as a country and we in Ghana, in Africa and in developing countries are quick to copy blinding even when we know the negative repercussions of similar decisions elsewhere.
‘’To some, religion and the classroom are a toxic mix to be avoided at all cost. But should it be considered toxic when religion has played such an important role in shaping America’s identity, purpose, and politics?’’ www.edweek.org
GES cuts RME out of Basic School for what reasons?
The policymakers need to explain why they intend to remove the study of RME from the curricula. The study of Religious and Moral Education (RME) at the basic school is very important to the pupils, communities they live in and the country at large.
One cannot comprehend the reasons why policymakers are burnt on cutting out the study of this very important subject at the basic school.
The study of Religious and Moral Education (RME) at the basic school has contributed significantly to national cohesion and integration.
Some benefits of Religious and Moral Education (RME) study
At the basic school, where the foundation of knowledge is laid, children from Christian, Islamic and traditional homes, get the opportunity to learn about each other’s culture, morality, chastity, comportment and other essential virtues of life.
This subject further teaches children indirectly to tolerate other religions. These useful lessons have been learnt but all Ghanaians that ever attended basic school.
Today we, are complaining bitterly about the continuous fall in morality, virtues and discipline in our schools and communities.
These challenges are raising their ugly heads even at a time that we study these subjects to give our children good teachings though Religious and Moral Education (RME).
What will the future be like when basic school pupils n longer hear the voice of an RME teacher who teachers all the virtues and inspires children to be of good behaviour?
Today, many adults remember the good things they learned in their Religious and Moral Education (RME) lessons which guides them.
Some may argue that the Churches, the Mosques and the other religions are still around to teach such things. The fact remains accurate that, the study of Religious and Moral Education (RME) complemented the efforts of such religious bodies greatly.
The Christians Council of Ghana, the Islamic councils, parents and other stakeholders who have this country at heart must see the looming danger of scraping RME ahead and wake up to speak for its inclusion as a subject on it own.
Countries such as the US have prohibited the study of religion in their schools, today, they teach same-sex marriage indirectly as an acceptable norm.
Research has revealed that religion plays a role in promoting academic excellence.
Some people see the teaching of religion in schools as a propagandist approach of the various religions, and that they put fear into children about ending up in hell if they are unsaved or sin. In some other jurisdictions. Others hold the view that, Free thoughts are forbidden and punishable by religions and they also influence superstition beliefs without any scientific basis. Source:marripedia.org
Chandra Muller and Christopher Ellison of the University of Texas at Austin concurred in their
finding that adolescents who were religiously involved were more apt to relate that they have
parents who place a high value on their education and that they are willing to talk more with
their parents regarding their education.Source:marripedia.org
The study of Religious and Moral Education (RME) is very important if we are going to understand ourselves as Ghanaians.
The good teachings received in RME lessons have long term [positive impact of the ideas and beliefs of the citizens. The cutting off or deleting of religious studies has significantly altered the culture of nations that chose to erase the study from their curricula. Are we ready as a nation to pay the negative price?
Taking RME out of the syllabus would mean, the Ghanaian children who find themselves in a cosmopolitan country such as ours with diverse religions will stop learning about others and their beliefs systems and how to tolerate each other on religious lines.
Religious and Moral Education (RME) is fascinating, adds up to the knowledge of the child and builds in them good virtues of hard work, discipline and the need to be patriotic. The study RME is very essential if we want to eliminate prejudice, intolerance and hate in our society.
RME gives pupils weekly doses of good teachings while most churches give this to children ones a week. Our Islamic children also go to the mosque a few occasions in the week but the teaching of the Islamic religion in RME further enhances their understanding and the frequency with which they learn the subject.
The GES and Government must reconsider their proposal again. GES cuts RME out of Basic School, looming danger, let us dialogue to halt it.