A primary school head said children under 12 are exempt from observing Ramadan. File photo: AFP
Ramadan row: Headmaster in Spain warns against fasting
Fiona Govan · 13 Jun 2016, 14:40
Published: 13 Jun 2016 14:40 GMT+02:00
A primary school headteacher has found himself at the centre of a row after writing to parents warning them not to let their children fast.
The state school in Melilla, one of Spain’s two north African enclaves, is almost exclusively attended by Muslim pupils.
But as Ramadan got underway last week, the headteacher of Juan Caro primary school sent home an advisory letter.
“Observing Ramadan could provoke episodes of lightheadedness, migraines and sunstroke as a result of dehydration or lack of sustenance,” warned the letter penned by Alfonso García Zafra.
His letter was accompanied by a missive from the Islamic studies teacher which pointed out that “students who have not reached puberty –…
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