Students not Allowed to Fast in Wesley Girls SHS: GES Responds
Our attention has been drawn to various media reports relating to a recent occurrence at Wesley Girls Senior High School, Cape Coast. It started with a student who requested of the School Authorities to be allowed to fast during Ramadan.
Fasting undertaken by students for various reasons and observed differently by thee respective groupings has had varied health implications on our students over the years. The net effect 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 the health of students was not compromised vis-a-vis their organized 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.
Having been appraised of the facts of this case, the Minister of Education met the presiding Bishop Most Re. Br. Paul Kwabena Boafo and some Board members of Wesley Girls High School. The school authorities mad it clear that it had no intention whatsoever, of interfering with the religious practices of any group of students, but had prioritized the health of young girls placed in their care.
The Ministry advised the Ghana Education Service therefore directs authorities of Wesley Girls High School as well as any other school to allow any such students who wishes to fast for any religious reason to do so.
The parents of any such student are also directed to write to the school indicating that, the school hall not be held liable for any health condition of the student as a result of the fast.
Staff, Students and general public are to take note.
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