I was denied prefectship at Wesley Girls because I’m Muslim - Former student recounts in heartbreaking post
- Fathia Ayodele Kareem is a former student of Wesley Girls High School
- She spent three years at the school
- In a nerve touching post, she mentioned how was stopped from contesting for the school’s prefectship because of her religion
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Fathia Ayodele Kareem, a former Wesley Girls High School student, has opened up about her three years’ stay at the Cape Coast-based school.
Kareem attended Wesley Girls High School from 2006 to 2009.
Narrating her torturous ordeal in a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh, Kareem who is now a Medical Doctor said authorities at her alma mater prevented her from contesting for the school’s prefectship because she is a Muslim.
“I have previously mentioned being passed over for prefectship which I believe was because I am Muslim. Like most things surrounding what Muslims can and can’t do, can and can’t be, nothing is spelt out plainly so everything is obscure and ambiguous for a reason,” she wrote.
Kareem’s ‘tell it all’ post is coming on the back of the school’s recent raging scandal.
It will be recalled that Muslim students were stopped from observing the just-ended month of Ramadan.
There have been several backs and forth regarding the school's reason why they do not want the students to fast.
Unfortunately, there seems to be no end in sight for the impasse between the Muslim community and Christians over the decision by authorities of Wesley Girls to prevent their Muslim students from fasting.
The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), and the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) issued a statement supporting the decision by the school and the Methodist Church.
Kareem’s post sparked massive reactions and debate and YEN.com.gh compiled a few below.
Dada Munda said: “This is so heartbreaking, 'Fathia Ayodele Kareem'Fathia Ayodele Kareem. Please stay strong and speak up to protect the next generation from what you experienced in gey hey.”
Godwin Opuni added: “Sad to know such treatments go on in a school with such high reputation. We thank God that all the emotional and spiritual stress could not shift you off course. Those of us who have met you and worked with you are grateful to your parents for what they helped to instill in you. You are an inspiration to many that you do not even know. Stay blessed. Belated Eid Mubarak.”
Ljungberg Damilola Arsenal observed: “You came in mind when all these stories came out we saw the smile and never saw the pain and the emotional torture you and Biliki went through to make the family proud. All the same Alhamdulillah.”
Ewuradjoa Mensah added: “Muslims should be allowed to pray the same way they allow other Christian denominations. I hope something can be done.”
Alexander Owusu said: Madam, I feel so disappointed in a system that condones discrimination. Most importantly, this is not about your skin color but your religion. That said, I’m relieved that you have dared to share your horrible experience. Currently, I’m living in Japan and hope to share my experience of staying tough and resilient.”
Meanwhile, a member of the Muslim caucus in Parliament, Muntaka Mubarak, clapped back at the CCG and GCBC for displaying hatred against Muslims.
According to Muntaka who doubles as the MP for Asawaase, he believes the stance taken by the school with the support of the Methodist Church is equal to discrimination which is against the laws of the country.
“It is disappointing that the Christian Council and the Conference of Catholic Bishops will support bigotry and hatred. This is pure hatred, and we believe that our country has passed this stage. We will not tolerate this," Muntaka is reported to have said in a Ghanaweb report.
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