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Christian Council, Catholic Bishops Conference back Wesley Girls’ ban on fasting


The Christian Council of Ghana and the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference have both endorsed the position of the Methodist Church in the issue regarding preventing Muslim Students from fasting.

Wesley Girls High School dominated headlines in Ghana after news emerged that the school was preventing Muslim students from fasting during the Ramadan period because the school believes it could be detrimental to their health.

The Ghana Education Service in a statement directed that student should be allowed to fast indicating that parents of such students will have to sign an undertaking to the effect that the school will not be held responsible for any health situation emanating from the fasting.

But the Methodist Church in a counter statement rejected the directive of the Ghana Education Service insisting that the school’s rules and regulations have been used severally and has raised a number of impactful women in society.

A joint statement from the Catholic Bishops Conference and the Christian Council has backed the position of the Methodist Church on the issues at hand indicating that it is in the good interest of the students.

The statement indicated that over the years, rules and regulations of mission schools has been guided by traditions of the Churches.

They called on the Ghana Education Service not to undermine the code of conduct for the various mission schools which has ensure discipline and high academic standards.

Source: 2021

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