Ramadan: Methodist Church rejects GES directive to allow Muslims fast

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The Methodist Church of Ghana has rejected a directive by the Ghana Education Service to allow Muslim students at the Wesley Girls’ Senior High School to fast during Ramadan.

The GES directive followed a decision by the Headmistress of Wesley Girls’ High School not to allow Muslim students at the school to fast in the ongoing Ramadan.

The development sparked concerns among Ghanaians including some Muslim lawmakers.

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Reacting to the development, the GES in a statement asked the schools in the country to allow the students who are Muslims the room to fast.

It however asked parents to sign an undertaking that they will not hold the schools responsible for any adverse health implication as a result of the fasting.

But the Methodist Church in a statement has asked Wesley Girls not to allow any Muslim student fast during Ramadan.

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“The school rule in question is a long-standing one that is also non-religious and various renowned Muslim ladies in Ghana have passed through the school adhering to such a rule. The policies of the School over the 186 years of its existence have resulted in Wesley Girls High School being the school of Choice, Excellence and Achievement and the Church remain in full support of these policies.

“The Methodist Church Ghana cannot accede to the unilateral directive issued by the Ghana Education Service and insists that the Ghana Education Service respects the long-standing partnership between the Government and the Mission schools.”

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