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Condemn discrimination against Muslim students in SHS – Zongo Caucus to Bawumia

National Zongo Caucus of the opposition National Democratic Congress has called on Vice-President of the Republic, Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to condemn the growing discrimination against Muslims in public senior high schools across the country.

According to the caucus, Dr. Bawumia in his capacity as the second most powerful man of the land can help end the discrimination in schools, therefore, he should speak against such acts,

Management of the Wesley Girls’ Senior High School prevented a Muslim student from fasting during the ongoing Ramadan period.

The school founded by the Methodist Church of Ghana explained that it took the decision based on health grounds.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has, however, directed the school to permit the Muslim student to observe Ramadan regardless of the health implications.

A statement signed by the Coordinator of the National Zongo Caucus, Alhaji Mohammed Mamah on May 2, 2021, and copied to Original News said “We in the Zongo Caucus will not be far from right to assume that the silence of Dr. Bawumia to the loud calls by the Muslim community against the above act is his tacit approval of the discrimination against our Muslim Students in the various public schools. No wonder Nana/ Bawumia Govt scrapped the Ministry of Zongo Affairs and Inner city all because they failed in the Zongos during the elections and do not regard Muslims anymore.”

Despite the directives of the GES, the National Zongo Caucus indicated that “the statement from the GES is not enough as it seeks to protect the headmistress and we call on Dr. Bawumia to speak so as to end these discriminations in our SHS.”

While commending all those who spoke against the directives of the management of the school, the National Zongo Caucus also appealed to all heads of institutions to “desist from such acts of discrimination which contravenes chapter Six, articles 34(1) and 35 (4) (5) of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana.”

“Let’s allow for religious tolerance to preserve the peace we are enjoying as a country,” the statement added.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

 

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