Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam has urged schools in the country to exhibit tolerance when dealing with issues of religion.
According to Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, Muslim students who are willing to participate in their religious activities must be accorded some level of understanding while in these institutions.
“We are hoping that even if those girls are still in school authorities will change their modus operandi in dealing with Muslim students under their domain.
“Sympathy should be the watchword, we want to make the children in all our schools all-time defenders and promoters of interface, harmony, and dialogue. This how we want to train our children,” he told Evans Mensah on Top Story, Monday.
He said this after a meeting between the office of the National Chief Imam and the National Peace Council to resolve the Muslim student who was prevented to fast at Wesley Girls SHS.
Sheikh Shaibu revealed that some of the issues discussed at the meeting included some alternatives suggested to resolving the issue at hand.
According to him, the National Peace Council indicated recommendations provided at the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre in 2015 should be inculcated into the MOU.
“Those recommendations need to be inculcated into the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the MOU that will now determine the partnership between religious bodies and government in running schools that have been established by the religious body.
“… the document the minister has given assurance that they are finalizing the document and bringing on board all interested party before a final signature will be appended to it,” he stated.
He added that this will become the document to guide and set the limit to which mission schools can give certain regulations, responsibilities, privileges, limitations of actions to students.
Back in April, an angry father stormed Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast to withdraw his ward from the school after his daughter and other Muslims were prevented from fasting.
The father of Bushira Ishmael, Ishmael Zakaria Alhassan, drove from Accra to Wesley Girls to carry out his threat of withdrawing his child.
He was convinced the child would be better off in another school that would allow her to fast than to be in a school that would infringe on the rights of Muslims to fast.
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