Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

The leadership of Ghana Muslims Students Association (GMSA) has appealed to the stakeholders in the educational sector to ensure that the rights of Muslim girls are respected, as they go into the upcoming WASSCE exams.

They made the appeal in a press release at the association’s 2021 Central Committee Meeting held in Tamale on from 20th to 22nd of August this year.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we seek with this presser the attention of The Minister of Education – Hon. Yaw OseiAdutwum, All regional directors of education, The Head of the National Office (WAEC), Headmasters and Headmistresses of second cycle institutions, as well as invigilators and chief invigilators of examination centers in the country, that GMSA count on you all to maintain the sanity and mutual respect we witnessed in the previous WASSCE that recorded almost zero incident of faith discrimination”, part of the release read.

“GMSA appreciatively acknowledge the collaborated efforts of the various stakeholders that yielded such improved results”, it added.

Below is the full statement:

MUSLIM CANDIDATES BUT DO NOT FORCE THEM TO REMOVE IT OR DENY THEM THEIR RIGHT TO SIT FOR THE EXAMINATIONS

Mr. Chairman, Members of the National Executive Committee, Regional and Institutional leaders present, observers of the 96th Central Committee, our friends from the media, invited guests, brothers and sisters.
I welcome you with the best salutations which is the emblem of the Islamic faith: AssalaamuAlaykumWarahmatullaahiWabarakaatuh (May Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you).

Ladies and gentlemen, we seek with this presser the attention of The Minister of Education – Hon. Yaw OseiAdutwum, All regional directors of education, The Head of the National Office (WAEC), Headmasters and Headmistresses of second cycle institutions, as well as invigilators and chief invigilators of examination centers in the country, that GMSA count on you all to maintain the sanity and mutual respect we witnessed in the previous WASSCE that recorded almost zero incident of faith discrimination. GMSA appreciatively acknowledge the collaborated efforts of the various stakeholders that yielded such improved results.

Ladies and gentlemen, it has become a nuisance to ceaselessly refer stakeholders to the famous Article 21(1)(c) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. It is disheartening to note that ever since its formation in 1972, GMSA continually laments and seeks redress for the same canker of victimization for both Muslim students in our learning institutions and Muslim employees at various workplaces in this country.

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, it is sad that each time one begins to think that we are making progress as a nation, the stinkycarcass of intolerance rises again like a tsunami to thwart our struggle for mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. Just a while ago, we witnessed the Wey Gey Hey fasting saga, the Achimota vs Rastafarians case, and several others. But for the timely intervention of the National Chief Imam’s office, the Muslim Caucus in Parliament, COMOG, GES, and other concerned bodies, these incidents almost shook the roots of our democratic foundations as the beacon of peace in Africa. We definitely don’t want to sip from the cup of uprising as Ghanaians.

In view of this, GMSA took a proactive step last two years to draw the attention of the relevant institutions concerned or in charge of examinations to ensure that Muslim students who are candidates for any examination are fairly subjected to examination protocols whiles having their constitutional rights upheld and respected.

Going into the upcoming WASSCE, our appeal to stakeholders, especially the Director of examinations of WAEC is simple: that for the love of this country, examination officials have every right to subject the Muslim students to the legitimate examination rules before they are allowed access to the exam halls, and in return, the right of Muslim students to wear their hijab should not be infringed upon, and above all, the provisions of the 1992 Constitution must not be violated. We also order all Muslim students to willingly undergo the necessary search including in their veils as may be required. However, they should resist any such intimidation which infringes upon their constitutional rights. We further charge all the Muslim students to demonstrate the peace ambassadorial roles expected of a true Muslim.

In conclusion, it is our fervent prayer and hope that this forthcoming examinations and the subsequent ones shall all be incident free. Our well wishes go to all the candidates. We wish to thank the media and all participants for your audience.

Thank you all.
Peace be upon you.

Abdul-Wadud Ali
President

CC:
The Education Minister
The Head of the National Office (WAEC)
The Office of the National Chief Imam
Coalition of Muslim Organizations in Ghana (COMOG)
Muslim Caucus in Parliament
National Muslim Conference
All composite branches of GMSA
All media houses.

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