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World Journal of Educational Research and Reviews

The contradictions of church-state partnership in education and the future of religious education in Lesotho

*Isaac Rasebate Mokotso

*Department of Language and Social Education (LASED), National University of Lesotho, P.O. Box 122, Roma 180, Lesotho, Southern Africa.

E-mail: iscrasmok20@yahoo.com, Tel.: +266 22340282, Cell: 266 59499100

Accepted December 28, 2015.

Citation: Mokotso IR (2016). The contradictions of church-state partnership in education and the future of religious education in Lesotho. World Journal of Educational Research and Reviews, 3(1): 030-036.

Copyright: © 2016 Mokotso IR. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.


Contradictions of church-state partnership in education has been a historical concern for local intellectuals and international agencies. However, the focus has been exclusively the schools management while religious education was marginally explored. The current review analyzes these contradictions with reference to religious education. It is more than a century since religious education has been introduced in Lesotho by the missionaries. However, it has not changed its chief aim of evangelistic perspective. This type of religious education has been accepted as having a statutory position in the curriculum. At the same time such religious education is not taught in government schools as it is believed that it does not comply with what can be referred to as civic education. The problem is that the professional religious education teachers who teach religious education are not evangelists. It is also not by choice that students attend church schools where they are provided with proselytism religious education or the government schools where they do not receive it. The paper theoretically analyzes these contradictions and finally recommends pluralistic approach to the teaching of religious education as a means to counteract these contradictions.

Key words: Religious Education, church-state partnership, conflict of interest, autonomy-based liberalism, pluralism