Wesley Girls School Should Give a Halt to this Unwarranted Religious Discriminations
Someone should tell the headmistress of the Wesley girls school, Kay Oppong Ankomah, that the Supreme law of Ghana prohibits religious discrimination, stipulates that individuals are free to profess and practice their religion, and does not designate a state religion.
In June the president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo spoke at an Eid al-Fitr celebration and declared, “Our country stands unique in West Africa, both in terms of inter and intra-religious cooperation. We ought to guard this tradition of cooperation
and tolerance jealously.”
Public schools must protect students from discrimination and harassment based on religion, including a student's religious background, beliefs, dress, and expression. Religion is a protected class under the supreme law of Ghana. The 1992 Constitution protects a student's rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression. Students who choose to express their religious beliefs at school are permitted to do so.
Some of the so-called mission schools have been practicing this obnoxious act of preventing students of different faiths from practicing their religion to their satisfaction for some time. It is very sad that we still as a country have some of these discriminations still popping up, it is high time the necessary authorities find pragmatic solutions to stop this once and for all and stop organizing those unwarranted forums all in the name of religious tolerance.
The most painful thing is that hardly will you see a Muslim school discriminating against Christian students in this manner. I attended a Muslim secondary school where I was an SRC Vice President and President of CHRAJ. It will interest you to know that the Christians in our school were given the liberty to worship at any time. It is an undeniable fact that Fridays are always auspicious days for Muslims but the Christians used to also pray on Fridays where their preachings used to intrude ours but they were never asked to stop worshiping on Fridays. There are instances where I used to punish my Muslim brothers for insulting or condemning other faith in school because I believe that, even though I am a Muslim but Allah is the grand judge and omniscience. "What is all this mission school, school thing?"
Unfortunately, some of these discriminators are clueless about the historical relationship between Muslims and Christians. You keep on doing these and turn to say Muslims are not tolerant. What at all will be taken from you if you allow these students to practice their faith peacefully?
The disrespect for the 1992 Constitution by some of these institutions is appalling. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum you have to use your experience and get this solve once and for all.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia it is high time you tell some of these people the bitter truth, and stop bowing before them. It is insulting if they still can't learn anything from your attitude towards other faith in this country. Enough of the soft talks. Use the opportunity to get this unwarranted discrimination towards your Muslim students in some of these so-called missions and other institutions dealt with once and for all.
Public school staff must take reasonable steps to accommodate a student's religious beliefs or practices unless that accommodation would create an undue hardship. Undue hardship is a term that means the accommodation is costly, compromises safety, or infringes on the rights of other students or employees.
Harassment based on religion is a form of discrimination prohibited in the 1992 constitution.
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