General News Wed, 25 Jan 2017
The Minister-designate for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said, Muslim students must not be forced to take part in morning devotions.The Minority Chip Whip and a member of the Appointments Committee, Muntaka Mubarak wanted to know the nominee’s position on Muslims being forced to participate in morning devotions in schools.
The Ghana Education Service in 2015 served notice to all students in missionary secondary schools to attend morning devotion sessions if it is a school rule.
The reaction of the GES followed a directive by the President to all heads of public institutions, including schools, to desist from forcing Muslim students from compulsorily join Christian fellowships.
The Muslim Community and some Muslim students have demonstrated against the directive and called on the GES to reverse the directive. Appearing before the Committee, the nominee for Education said, religious intolerance should not be condoned in this country.
According to him, his constituency secretary and organiser are Muslims.
''They follow me to church to campaign. Muslims must not be forced to take part in morning devotions.''