The Methodist Church of Ghana has declined to alter the policies of the Wesley Girls High School on the orders of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to allow students to fast.
GES issued the directive after a Muslim student was prevented from participating in the annual 30 days of fasting and prayer in accordance with the Islamic religion.
The school said students are not allowed to participate in fasting due to health conditions and the rule applies to all pupils, including Christians.
Following instructions to allow voluntary participation in such religious practices, the Methodist Church of Ghana which established Wesley Girls High School said: “The Methodist Church cannot accede to the unilateral directive issued by the GES and insists that the Ghana Education Service respects the long-standing partnership between the government and mission schools”.
This was contained in a release signed by its Administrative Bishop, Rt. Rev. Micheal A. Bossman.
“The school rule in question is a long-standing one which is also non-religious and various renowned Muslim ladies in Ghana have passed through the school, adhering to such rules. The policies of the school over the last 186years of its existence have resulted in Wesley Girls High School being the school of choice, excellence, and achievement and the church remains in full support of these policies”.
Student fasting controversy
Authorizes of the Wesley Girls Senior High School was earlier last week accused of preventing Muslim students from fasting by a parent.
Ishmael Zakaria Alhassan, a Muslim father of a student, visited the premises of the Cape Coast-based missionary school on April 26, 2021, to withdraw his ward, Bushira Ishmael, after receiving a call from his daughter over the school’s refusal to allow Muslim students to fast.
He, however, rescinded his decision after having a discussion with the school’s Headmistress on the said matter.
The Ghana Education Service subsequently released a statement asking the school to rescind its decision.
“The Ghana Education Service, therefore, directs authorities of Wesley Girls as well as any other school to allow any such student who wishes to fast for any religious reason to do so,” part of the statement indicated.
It added that
The statement from the church has sparked controversies on social media with a cross-section of users disagreeing with the church.
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