The Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed the management of Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast to allow Muslim students at the school to partake in the ongoing Ramadan.
Management of the Wesley Girls’ Sebior High School prevented a Muslim student from fasting during the ongoing Ramadan period.
The school explained that it took the decision based on health grounds.
But in a statement signed by the head of the Public Relations Unit of GES, Madam Cassandra Twum Ampofo said, “The Ghana Education Service, therefore, directs 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 statement further noted that “The net effect [of fasting] 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 that the health of students was not compromised vis-à-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”.
Below is GES’ full statement:
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana