The Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed all school heads in the country to allow students (particularly Muslim students) who wish to fast for religious reasons to do so on campus during and after school hours.
In an issued statement signed by Cassandra Twum Ampofo, Head, Public Relations Unit, the institution has therefore directs authorities of 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 Education Service directive comes after the Management of the Cape-Coast Wesley Girls High School stopped Muslim students in the school from participating in the ongoing Ramadan fasting amid health conditions.
According to the Service, fasting undertaken by students over the past years has had varied health implications on the students, consequently the decision to barred fasting irrespective of one’s religious background.
“It was therefore imperative that to ensure that the health of students was not compromised vis-a-vis their organized school schedules, this long standing practice had to be maintained,” GES stated in the release.
But, the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum after meeting with Authorities of Wesley Girls School and considering the rights of students has directed all schools to allow any student to fast during school hours.
The school, the Education Minister however has said shall not be held responsible for any health issues that may come up as a result of the fasting.