Deputy News Editor at Accra-based TV Africa, Hajia Maimunatu Uthman Ibrahim has condemned the management of Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast for preventing muslim students from partaking in the ongoing Ramadan fasting.
Reacting to the issue, the seasoned news anchor told TV Africa’s Paa Kwesi Schandorf that, it is completely wrong for the school authorities to hinder the girls from partaking in the one-month spiritual exercise.
According to her, the country’s status as a secular nation recognises the freedom of all religions, and hence it is gormless for the school to bar the said students from exercising their faith in that regard.
Fuming in anger, Maimunatu Uthman Ibrahim lamented that, decisions like this could result in reprisal attacks, capable of jeopardizing the peace of the country; for which reason the authorities should have given a second thought to their rather ‘stern and unreasonable decision’.
Maimunatu, who is staunch Muslim and a fervent advocate of girls’ and children’s rights has therefore called on the authorities of the school to rescind their decision in order forestall any untoward occurrences. She has also appealed to other stakeholders and individuals within the educational sector to promptly address the ongoing brouhaha.
Meanwhile, management of the school, including the school’s Parents and Teachers Association (PTA), have snubbed a directive from the Ghana Education Service to allow the girls in the school to partake in the exercise. According to the school authorities, the decision to bar their students (Christians and Muslims alike) from fasting is to keep them healthy and sound for their academic work.
On the 26th of April this year, Ishmael Zakaria Alhassan, an aggrieved parent stormed the premises of Wesley Girls High School to withdraw his first year ward, Bushira Ishmael, who had been instructed not not to partake in the ongoing Ramadan fasting. After hours of a meeting between himself, his daughter and the Headmistress of the school, Ishmael Zakaria rescinded his decision, when Bushira decided to stay and proceed with her studies.
The news of this development has deepened widespread conversations on the need to possibly revise some rules and regulations in second cycled institutions across the country. It will be recalled that earlier, Achimota School was also in the news after it refused to grant admission to a newly admitted students due to his dreadlocks. Both developments have raised concerns about the kind of laws in Senior High Schools across the country, with many Ghanaians sharing varied opinions on the matters in controversy.