Ace Ghanaian broadcaster of Kwaku-One-on-One fame, Kwaku Sakyi Addo, says Muslim students have right to access any public school anywhere in the country including missionary schools.
He believes public schools are state-funded and as such any tax-payer-funded school ought to respect the religious freedoms of all its students.
In an article titled ‘Fasting at Katanga’, the alumni of the Achimota Senior High School indicated that basic education is a right to all Ghanaians including Muslim students and that they cannot be denied their rights.
“Some argue that Muslim students should go to Muslim schools. But I wonder if that’s a feasible approach because the State hasn’t invested equitably between “Muslim” public schools and “Christian” ones, and they cannot all fit into the few that exist, such as TI Ahmadiyya in Kumasi.”
“Muslims have a right to basic education and to access it at any Public school anywhere in the country like everyone else, and their just religious rights which are recognized and upheld by the State must be respected by Public School authorities. In any event, it’s better for our country’s long-term social stability for our children to grow up in integrated, multi-religious public institutions than under a system of Apartness,” he asserted.
Wesley Girls’ no fasting policy
Management of the Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast prevented Muslim students from fasting during the ongoing Ramadan period after they developed several health conditions.
The school also banned all other religious bodies from fasting while on the school campus stating it is imperative to ensure that the health of students was not compromised vis-à-vis their organised school schedules.
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 parents or any such student are also directed to write to the school indicating that the school is not to 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,” the statement added.
Methodist Church rejects GES directive to Wesley Girls’
The Methodist Church Ghana, however, rejected the directive by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to allow Muslim students to fast during Ramadan on campus at the Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast.
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.”
It insisted that the Ghana Education Service “respects the long-standing partnership between Government and Mission Schools.”
It argued that the school rule in question “is a long-standing one which is also non-religious and various renowned Muslim ladies in Ghana have passed through the school adhering to such a rule.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana