East London school changes Ramadan fasting policy after complaints

The BBC is reporting that an east London school which forced fasting pupils to go home for a break during Ramadan has abandoned the policy after complaints from parents…

Newport Primary School, in Leyton, had said it was “unable to make provisions” for fasting children during lunchtimes.

Parent Nusrat Siddiqui said the policy had meant her daughter could not fast and had “ruined her Ramadan”.

The school declined to comment, but parents have now been told that fasting pupils could remain on the premises.

Ms Siddiqui said that her 10-year-old daughter wanted to fast but had been unable to due to the policy.

“Two weeks of my Ramadan has been ruined. It’s the holiest month in our religious calendar and the school should know that, seeing as the majority of the pupils are Muslim,” she said.

“My daughter wanted to fast but couldn’t because I was at work and couldn’t pick her up during lunchtime. They have clearly done it because of the wrong reasons.”

In a letter dated 18 June, the school said that for health and safety reasons fasting pupils should have a rest during the day, and therefore “must be picked up by an adult” at lunchtime.

Eleven days after Ramadan started, parents received another letter saying the decision had been reversed following complaints…

You can hear the full story on BBC Asian Network on BBC iPlayer…

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  1. artmadnana

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  2. artmadnana

    SchoolsImprove schools shouldn’t have to arrange special provision for Ramadan. Young primary age children shouldn’t be encouraged to fast.

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