The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Christian Council of Ghana issued a joint statement in support of the Methodist Church-Ghana in its efforts to prevent some students at Wesley Girls Senior High School from fasting during Ramadan.
“We have discussed the issue prayerfully and have studied the various press statements that some stakeholders have released on the matter.
“We wish to endorse the position of the Methodist Church Ghana, which they succinctly outlined in their May 4, 2021 press release, and reiterate that the decision of the Wesley Girls Senior High School authorities on fasting is purely in the interest of the students.”
These were captured in a communique issued following the annual joint meeting of the two Christian bodies, thus the Christian Council and the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference on Wednesday, May 5, at St James Catholic Church, Osu in Accra.
The two bodies also took advantage of the opportunity to hold an ecumenical service to pray for Christian unity, the well-being of the Ghanaian government and people, and to reflect on how to abide in Christ as a nation in order to sustain strength and not wither away.
In their discussion of issues of national interest, the leadership of the two bodies stated that they took a strong exception to the directive issued by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to Wesley Girls High School on Saturday, May 1 regarding fasting rules for its students.
“Even in the more advanced democracies in the world, such a space is granted the various churches in the running of their respective mission schools.
“Therefore, we respectfully wish to state that the Ministry of Education, GES or any other stakeholder must not undermine the Codes of Conduct of the various mission schools, which have ensured their discipline and high academic standards for almost two centuries in Ghana.”
The Christian leaders have requested audience with the Minister of Education at his earliest convenience to “build consensus on these matters to prevent future occurrences”.