A primary school in London’s east end has sparked controversy for banning Muslim students from observing Ramadan at school.
A letter informed parents that while the school appreciated what Ramadan meant to Muslims, they would be banning the practice of fasting on school grounds.
“We have sought guidance and are reliably informed that in Islamic law, children are not required to fast during Ramadan, only being required to do so when they become adults,” the letter from the Leyton school said.
The school also said that they understood that the age of adulthood was disputed, however, “in Islamic Law, the health of an individual [was] the first priority.”
Further, the letter added, “Previously, we have had a number of children who became ill and children who have fainted or been unable to fully access the school curriculum in their attempts to fast.”
As the school policy had the same purpose as Islamic law — “to safeguard the health and education of the child” — it would not allow children to fast at the school, advising that older children take part in fasting at the weekends.
The rule was also to be implemented at other schools within the Lion Academy Trust.
SOURCE: The Express Tribune