The Education Ministry has taken steps to develop a universal policy to guide all faith-based schools in the country, the Ghana News Agency has reported.
This comes after calls on the government to take such a step following a decision by the Methodist Church of Ghana against a directive from the Ghana Education Service that Muslims in Wesley Girls High School should be allowed to fast.
In a statement, the church said it took a “strong exception” to the directive stressing that it “cannot accede to the unilateral directive issued by the Ghana Education Service.”
GNA reports that the Minister has already met with the heads of Christian Mission Schools (CMSs) in the country and had assured them of collaborating to bring finality to the current challenges confronting the schools.
According to GNA, in a press statement from the Ministry, the group had appealed to the Minister to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding which was submitted to the Ministry few months ago by the FBOs.
Meanwhile, the National Peace Council (NPC) says that it has commenced series of engagements with relevant institutions to resolve the “No Fasting” policy in Wesley Girls’ Senior High School.
The Council has called for calm among various religious groupings in the country, urging them to commit to peaceful inter-religious coexistence.
In a statement, the Council said that it had met with the leadership of the Methodist Church, Ghana, the Old Girls’ Association, and the Parents-Teachers Association of the school on Monday, May 10, to get the facts as it happened at the School.
“The Central Regional Peace Council also met with the Authorities of the School on Monday, May 10, to hear exactly what took place regarding the student who was allegedly denied her practice to fast in the ongoing Ramadan,” it said.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com with additional files from GNA