The Ghana Education Service(GES) has directed the Wesley Girl High School in the Central Region and Senior High Schools across the country to allow Muslim Students who wish to take part in the Ramadan fast to do so.
Additionally, parents have also been directed to write formally to the various institutions to take responsibility of their wards health while embarking on the fasting.
A letter dated May 1 and sighed by the Head of Public Relations of the GES, Ms Cassandra Twum Ampofo said the decision was taken after a meeting between the GES, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana and Board Members of the Wesley Girl High School.
“Having been appraise of the fact of this case, the Minister of Education met the Presiding Bishop, Rev Paul Kwabena Boafo and some Board Members of Wesley Girls High School. The School Authorities made it clear it had no intention whatsoever of interfering with religious practices of any group of students but had prioritize the health young girls placed in their care”.
“The Ghana Education Service has therefore directed the authorities of the Wesley Girls High School as well as any other schools to allow such students who wish to fast for any religious reason to fast.
” The parents of any 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”.
Wesley Girls High School
A father of a first year students of the Wesley Girls High School, one of the Methodist Church‘s educational institutions in the country was reported to have accused the school of preventing her daughter from taking part in the Ramadan fast.
The students identified as Bushiru Ismail was said to have reported the incident to her father, Zakariah Alhassan who stormed the school on April 26 to withdraw his ward from the educational Institution.