Authorities of the Wesley Girls Senior High School have been directed to permit all Muslim students to take part in the Ramadan fast.
According to the Ghana Education Service, any student who wishes to fast for any religious should be allowed to do so.
“The Ghana Education Service, therefore, directs authorities of Wesley Girls High School as well as any other school to allow any such student who wishes to fast for any religious reason to do so…
“The parents of such student are also directed to write to the school indicating that the school shall not be held liable for any health condition of the student as a result of the fast. Staff, students and the general public are to take note,” GES stated in a press release dated May 1, 2021.
This follows earlier reports of an occurrence at Wesley Girls SHS where school authorities were accused of preventing Muslim students from fasting in the Ramadan period.
A parent, Ishmael Zakaria Alhassan, on April 26, 2021 stormed the school’s premises to withdraw his daughter from school after receiving the reports.
In a response, the GES explained that the school’s decision to prevent students from fasting was to ensure that their health was not compromised but not an act of denying them of their rights.
“Fasting undertaken by students for various reasons and observed differently by the respective groupings have had varied health implication on our students over the years. The net effect was that students developed various health conditions. The school, therefore, took the decision, then, that irrespective of one’s religious background, fasting was not permitted.
“It was therefore imperative that to ensure the health of students was not compromised vis-a-vis their organised school schedules, this long-standing practice had to be maintained. This was the basis for the refusal by the School authorities of the girl’s request to fast during Ramadan,” it stated.
Story by: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com