The National Peace Council (NPC) has called for calm in the discussion of issues surrounding the raging impasse between the Methodist Church and the Muslim community after Wesley Girls’ High School, belonging to the church, preventing a Muslim student from observing this year’s Ramadan fast.
The Council, while applauding efforts toward the amicable resolution of the matter, stated that it is “taking appropriate steps to reinforce these commendable steps”.
A statement issued and signed by its Chairman, Rev Dr Ernest Adu Gyamfi on Wednesday 5 May 2021, indicated: “In view of these developments, the National Peace Council calls on all Ghanaians, particularly, those who have been affected in any way by the events at the Wesley Girls High School, to exercise the greatest restraint and circumspection n their comments and pronouncements on the matter”.
Meanwhile, the Methodist Church Ghana has expressed reservations against the Ghana Education Service’ directive to Wesley Girls’ High School to allow Muslim students to observe the Ramadan fast.
The church, in a statement issued on 4 May 2021, after an emergency meeting, indicated that it takes “strong exception” to the GES order.
“The school rule in question is a long-standing one which is also non-religious and various renowned Muslim ladies in Ghana have passed through the school adhering to such a rule,” the statement further noted
The Methodist Church, therefore, stated that it “cannot accede to the unilateral directive issued by the Ghana Education Service”, thereby insisting that the GES “respect the long-standing partnership between the government and mission schools”.