Friday, June 12

Muslim students in four primary schools in London will not be allowed to fast during Ramadan

Muslim students in four primary schools in London will not be allowed to fast during Ramadan without special permission, with the headmaster of one school citing the students’ welfare as the motivating factor behind the decision.

In the letter, the acting headteacher of Barclay Primary School – identified as Mr Wright – said the school understood “that this is a very significant and special time of the year for our Muslim community and that from a very early age Muslim children learn to understand and practice adherence to the Five Pillars of Islam, of which the annual observance of Ramadan is one”.

However, he continued, the school’s Muslim students will not be allowed to fast during school hours because the school is concerned about their welfare.

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