WHILE praising the work of the mission schools, Kenya's minister of education, Mr. Joseph Otiende, has dedared that "the Churches can no longer be regarded as the chosen agencies of the state for education".
Catholic and Protestant leaders have jointly backed the government's education, but have warned that "an educational system without religion can bring only disaster".
Their statement was signed by Archbishop John McCarthy of Nairobi, chairman of the Kenya episcopal conference, and the Anglican Bishop Obadiah Kariuki of Fort Hall, chairman of the Christian Churches' Educational Association.
Education Minister Otiendc told a conference sponsored by the Christian Council of Kenya that in the field of education the churches "are now an element in the state, alongside other elements, and enjoying the same rights and privileges as all others."
Wider view He said the very rapid growth of Kenya's educational system had been due to thee close co-operation between the government and voluntary agencies.
He also said that the time when schools served limited and isolated communities is over. He added that "education should prepare children not only for life in the simple rural community, but also for life in the nation. Education under narrowly sectarian auspices cannot promote this wider view."
At the same meeting S. H. Amissah of Ghana. executive secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches, a predominantly Protestant organization, warned against the danger of "just throwing things away because they are bound up with a colonial past."