Wesley Girls Old Students Back School’s ‘No Fasting’ Policy
The old students Association of Wesley Girls’ Senior High School have backed the school’s decision to uphold a policy against fasting by students and described as mischievous the attempt to misrepresent the issue which has generated heated discussions on the airwaves for the past two weeks.
In an earlier release, the school said it was holding on to a long-held practice not to allow students to fast due to medical conditions and the strenuous nature of school work. The decision of the school attracted wide condemnation from the Muslim caucus in Parliament and the office of the National Chief Imam.
However, the Methodist Church which originally established the school backed the decision saying it will not allow the school to comply with the GES order to allow Muslim students to fast.
The old students of the school have also waded into the lingering controversy, backing the stance of the school not to compromise on its policy against fasting by students, among other reasons the old girls said the act has in times past put the lives of students at risk and led to dire medical consequences.
“As key stakeholders of the school, the OGA will not relent in its efforts to ensure that the School’s values are sustained at all times. The current rules, regulations and policies of the School have successfully guaranteed the excellent academic standards that have resulted in the School producing high-quality individuals and citizens occupying various key positions in the country and the world at large thereby contributing significantly to global advancement,” the statement said.
The statement further stressed “We are concerned that the school’s “NO FASTING” policy which is based on health implications is being mischievously misrepresented to portray WGHS as an institution that is anti-Muslim and discriminatory of other faiths. The policy is borne out of past experiences where some girls undergoing fasting for various reasons, put their lives at risk and almost died which traumatized their fellow students as well as the school administration resulting in the institution of this rule. The rule applies to all students no matter their religious persuasion”.