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Islamic education unit in N/R wants GES partnership agreement abrogated


The Council for Islamic Education Unit in the Northern Region says it is no longer interested in the partnership agreement it entered with the Ghana education service.

The council and other religious bodies entered into an agreement as far back in 1987, in what the council put it ’’in the name of Education reforms’’.

Under the partnership agreement, Arabic and Islamic studies which was an examinable subject both in the Ordinary and advanced levels was removed from the curriculum.

 Recognition for Arabic Certificate Examination for Arabic teachers was canceled and their recruitment as previously considered banned.

According to the Islamic education unit, in 2000, a policy officer was mandated to conduct an exercise and the targeted group was no one but the Arabic Instructors, new developments are now being introduced into G.E.S without the consent of the council.

In a statement issued in Tamale and signed by the secretary of the Islamic education Alhaji Suleman Alhassan, the unit is ready to go back to round table discussions to abrogate the partnership.

 The statement said it is unfair by GES to introduce new policies without their consents. Under the new policies being introduced by GES, Unit Officers have been turned to Managers and Desk Officers with no position in the GES Organogram.

With these new policies put in place, the Islamic education unit said GES has apparently closed down the units. Islamic education unit established, first, by individual learned Quranic scholars in Mosques, homes and temporal structures.

Quranic scholars did not patronize secular Education under free-compulsory Education Programme in the 1950s and early 1960s as part of the Accelerated Development Plan for Education.

While most schools at that time were abandoned or almost closed down, the numerous Quranic schools in the North were registering massive enrolment by way of patronage.

The then Regional Director of Education in 1972/1973 persuaded and encouraged the proprietors of the Quranic schools to add the core subjects to Quranic studies. The proprietors of the schools expressed fears because secular Education will thwart the development of Islamic studies and the doctrines of the religion and also undermine the presence of the proprietors as well as seizure of their schools.






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