MTS principal Ana Paula Fernandes stands in what will soon become a muslim prayer room at the catholic school in London, Ont. on Wednesday Sept. 12, 2012. Up to 15 students will use the room for Friday prayers.
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MICHAEL AUBRY | QMI AGENCY
OTTAWA — While Ottawa high schools profess to offer prayer rooms for Muslim students, an Islamic leader says they don’t have a permanent space and are often relegated to small classrooms, if they can get space at all.
Washim Ahmed is the Islamic director of Carleton University’s Muslim Students’ Association and he leads a prayer service at more than half a dozen public high schools in Ottawa on Fridays.
But he said none of the schools have permanent prayer rooms, and they’re often shuffled between classrooms or the gym, depending on what’s available.
Sometimes, he said there simply isn’t a room they can use.