Primary schools ban Muslim pupils from fasting during Ramadan with one saying it is a health risk for young children

A primary school trust has banned Muslim pupils from fasting during Ramadan, claiming the tradition can be harmful to the health of young children. Barclay Primary School in Leyton, east London, issued a letter to parents informing them that it would not allow children attending school to fast in order to ‘safeguard the health and education of the child’.

The school (above) said it had seen pupils faint and fall ill in previous years as a result of not eating all day
The school (above) said it had seen pupils faint and fall ill in previous years as a result of not eating all day

In the letter, the acting head said children would not be able to fast without meeting with him first. The move has been slammed by members of the Muslim community who said schools should seek to support parents instead of ‘blanket enforce’ their own rules when it comes to religion.