He pointed out that the sole purpose of the Catholic Church for the establishment of educational institutions was to make education accessible and affordable to people, irrespective of their faith, race or gender.
Prof. Kuupole made the denial at the 12th Congregation and 20th Matriculation ceremony of the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) at Fiapre in the Sunyani West District of Brong-Ahafo.
He said it was unfortunate that some students in Catholic institutions had misconstrued the disciplinary measures applied to ensure students derived maximum benefits from the opportunity offered them as a way of forcing them to practise what they did not subscribe to.
“Such students admire results produced by the Catholic institutions, but detest the discipline that goes into achieving those results,” Prof. Kuupole added.
He emphasized that Catholic tertiary institutions would not give students the chance to misbehave, but would put up some measures to ensure that students behaved responsibly on campus.
It was, therefore, possible that there might be some students who would find such disciplinary measures oppressive and behave in a manner to tarnish the image and reputation of such Catholic institutions, Prof. Kuupole observed.
He said Catholic institutions did not only train students to be knowledgeable in academics, but make them morally upright, God-fearing and also teach them how to acquire skills for life.
Prof. Kuupole stated that Catholic institutions also gave counselling to students, especially at the secondary level, to prevent the acquisition of some negative habits at the blind side of parents and school authorities.
He said the Catholic Church was prepared to partner with government to expand its tertiary education delivery by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with government on how to establish and manage such institutions so that the Church would have the opportunity to expand its model of education in the country.
Prof. Kuupole noted that sidelining of religious bodies by government in policy matters had been the greatest challenge, which he said, was greatly affecting the progress of Catholic and other mission schools.
He noted that the action had resulted in the decline of academic performances and rising indiscipline in mission schools which were bastions of academic excellence and discipline, when such schools were directly under the management and leadership of the mission bodies.
Prof. Kuupole emphasized that the religious bodies were making great sacrifices to establish schools and contribute positively to instill discipline in the youth to enhance national development.