The Majority Chief Whip in Parliament, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka has taken a swipe on the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana National Association of Teachers for supporting “alleged discrimination” against Muslim students in schools.
According to him such comments from the two bodies contradict governments stance on the matter.
[contextly_sidebar id=”UTYt58ucI7FDsTsNpb81w3pxiMwhn49r”]“You cannot be in GNAT, you cannot be in GES and you are stating things that are contrary to what your minister is saying, contrary to what the constitution is saying. I think its sending a very wrong signal,” he opined.
The GES and GNAT are contending that, all students regardless of their religion must attend morning devotions in especially second cycle institutions in the country; a situation, which the Muslim community is against.
The Muslim Community has demonstrated to protest such action meted against their students claiming Muslim women are also prevented from wearing their veils on campus.
President Mahama during his State of the Nation Address stated that authorities infringing on the rights of the Muslim students will be sanctioned.
Muntaka calls for dialogue
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mubarak Muntaka who is also a member of the Muslim Caucus in Parliament called for dialogue between the stakeholders in order to find a lasting solution to the matter.
“I think that in this case, we need to be talking. I expect the Peace Council, since 11th February we meet them I expect to hear from them. Let’s start the process, lets initiate the process of dialoguing, getting some parameters so we will see eye to eye to each other and then those who have the mandate of implementing this law they should please keep quite.”
He however urged the Muslim students to stay calm while they find a way of settling the issue amicably saying “I’m also pleading with our Muslim brothers, the student body I’ve heard them issued a statement, please lets be patient, let’s not take the law into our own hands. I believe we have a peaceful way of dealing with this and we will use every peaceful method to have this resolved.”
By: Godwin Allotey Akweiteh/citifmonline.com/Ghana