The National Chief Imam, Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu is reportedly livid about the refusal of the Wesley Girls’ Senior High School to allow their Muslim students to partake in the ongoing Ramadan fasting.
“Anytime Chief Imam hears this he feels disappointed, he feels worried, and when he calls and talks to me he’s like ‘these are the people that they hail praises on me, they show me great respect anytime, but my grandchildren are in their schools, and my grandchildren are not treated well,” Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, the Spokesperson of the Chief Imam said in an interview monitored by Whatsup News.
Already, the Coalition of Muslim Organisations in Ghana (COMOG) has issued a stern warning to Wesley Girls to immediately halt the discrimination against Muslim students in that school.
“As Ghanaian’s, it is about time we crafted a national policy that will safeguard our cherished peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance, particularly for our public educational institutions. Many Muslim students especially females have and continue to suffer discrimination at public schools, hospitals, etc., as in the case of Wesley Girls SHS in Cape Coast in the Central Region,” said Hajj Abdel-Manan Abdel-Rahman COMOG President in a statement made available to Whatsup News.
“The current action that has been carried widely by the media houses and that has also gone viral on social media could be attributed to sheer hatred, ignorance, prejudice and intolerance on the part of the Headmistress of Wesley Girls SHS, Mrs. Betty Dzokoto, and her administration where they barred Muslim students from prayers, meetings and even the ongoing Ramadan fasting.”
COMOG has taken human rights groups to task over the religious discrimination being perpetrated by heads of Senior High Schools.
“…Where are the Human Rights activists? Wesley Girls has ignored the 1992 Constitution Article 21 (c) which states that: ‘All persons shall have the freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice.’ The Coalition of Muslim Organizations, Ghana (COMOG) therefore wishes to call on the Minister for Education as a matter of urgency to sanction the Headmistress of Wesley Girls SHS,” COMOG demanded.
“This will send a signal to Headmasters/Headmistresses of her kind that the Wesley Girls SHS and public educational institutions being funded by the Government through the taxpayers’ contribution should not be run as a personal or private entity. The parents and guardians of Muslim students, for that matter, are also taxpayers and so all Muslims in public educational institutions deserve to be treated fairly and justly.”
Meanwhile, the popular Achimota Secondary School is in court at the moment after it refused to admit two students of the Rastafarian religion, claiming they must cut their dreadlocks or forfeit their admission.
While Achimota was denying the Rastafarians admission on grounds that it had strict rules against long hair, the same school was admitting European, Asian and Indian students with obvious long hairs. Indeed, a few of the European students have been seen spotting dreadlocks in the school.