A press release signed by the Head Public Relation Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Cassandra Twum Ampofo on 1st may 2021 has directed Wesley Girl's school to allow any student who wishes to fast to do so.
According to the release, the school had taken that decision based on some previous health implications they encountered with former students who used to fast, and for that reason the authorities gave out a directive that, irrespective of anyone's religious backgrounds, fasting is prohibited in the school.
The GES, being abreast with the facts of the occurrence, the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum met with the presiding Bishop Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo and some of the board members of the school. At the said meeting, the school authorities clearly indicated that they have no interest of interfering in any religious practices of any group of students, but have prioritised the health of the students placed in their care.
"The minister advised the Ghana Education Service to put in place measures to address this matter bearing in mind the right of students and concerns of schools on the health risk associated with fasting" the release noted.
Based on the advice of the Minister, the Ghana Education Service has directed the authorities of Wesley Girl's School and any other school to allow any student who wishes to fast to do so. Moreover, the parents of such students are also directed to write a letter to the school indicating that the school will be blameless for any health failures of their wards as a result of the fast.
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