The Office of the National Chief Imam has lauded the Ghana Education Service (GES) for directing authorities of the Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast to allow Muslim students to observe the Ramadan fast.
The GES in a statement last Saturday, May 1, 2021, directed the school and educational institutions to allow Muslim students to observe the ongoing Ramadan fast.
It also asked parents to submit written consent that the schools will not be accountable for any health complications as a result of the fast.
“The Ghana Education Service, therefore, directs Wesley Girls’ High School as well as any other school to allow any such a student who wishes to fast for any religious reason to do so.”
Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, the spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, in a Citi News said the news is welcoming.
“The response from the Ghana Education Service is a very welcoming one and very soothing, and I say the Chief Imam is very grateful. The larger Muslim community is grateful for the quick response from the GES directing school authorities and other schools to allow Muslim students to go ahead with their fasting and the other directives that are included.”
“I think it will assuage the anger and concerns that have been expressed so widely on social media, and we are hopeful that the schools will adhere to the directives.”
On the same issue, the Coalition of Muslim Organizations Ghana (COMOG) who also raised concerns on the development last week also in a Citi News interview said the GES statement was timely.
Mr. Shahadu Mohammed, General Secretary of COMOG, however, urged the government to ensure that all other issues affecting Muslims are addressed.