Wesley Girls’ headmistress removed for refusal to allow Muslim students to fast; Coalition of Muslim Organizations react

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The Coalition of Muslim Organisations, Ghana is demanding the removal of the headmistress of Wesley Girls’ High School because it prevented Muslim students from fasting during Ramadan.

In addition to the removal of the headmistress, it also wants her to be sanctioned for the school’s treatment of Muslim students.

Though the school had been directed by the Ghana Education Service to allow the Muslim students to partake in the fast, the Methodist Church stepped in to say the school would not heed the directive.

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The Parent-Teacher Association of Wesley Girls’ High School also justified the decision by the school not to allow Muslim students to partake in the Ramadan fast.

The Coalition said its call for sanctions is to “assuage the adverse psychological effects of her presence on the Muslim students in the school and further sanction her violation of the religious rights of Muslims in the school in the defiance of the directive of the Ghana Education Service”.

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“We urgently call on the GES to reconstitute the broad of the Wesley Girls’ Senior High School and further [prevent] the presiding bishop of the Methodist church from being on a board of governors from any so-called Muslim school,” the General Secretary of the Coalition of Muslim Organisation, Ghana Shahadu-Mohammed said.

The Coalition also wants some representation of Muslims on the board of mission schools to avoid any instances of discrimination.

“We urge the GES to reconstitute the board of the mission schools to include two Muslims to keep tabs on any such occurrences and report same when appropriate,” Shahadu-Mohammed stated.

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