The Old Girls’ Association of Wesley Girls’ High School has refuted claims of banning a specific religious group from fasting.
In a communique issued by the group, the school sees the claims as “complete falsehood”.
Rectifying the claims stated that “The Wesley Girls’ High School, Cape Coast, has a ban on all forms of fasting by students of the school on health grounds” and not just for a specific religious group.
The release also indicated that the ‘no fasting’ rule, which applied to all students was instituted in the 1990s.
Explaining the rationale behind the rule, the release stated that “some girls fasted and this resulted in near-fatal cases of girls collapsing and falling sick. Incidentally, the girls in question were Christians.
Their mates who witnessed these incidents reportedly became traumatized. Thus, to safeguard the health of students the “NO-FASTING” policy put in place requiring all students to go to the dining hall at the scheduled time and eat something.”
According to the School, ”the student whose case has generated the misconceptions about the school, was received at the school for enrolment in Mid-March, 2021” and was taken through the school policies, rules and practices including the no fasting ban which she committed to comply with.”
Only for her to come back on April 15 seeking permission to fast, but when reminded of the school’s policies seemingly understood and left, per the statement.
Later, her parents came to campus on April 19 saying “their daughter had informed them that she could not fast for Ramadan so they were there to withdraw her from the school.”
The statement further explained that after an engagement between the Headmistress and parents, the issue was resolved.