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Check Out Achimota School’s Response to Accra High Court Ruling To Admit Two Rastafarian Students

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Not long ago, the issue of admission of Rastafarian students started making waves across the country. This happened when one of Ghana’s senior high schools, Achimota School took a decision not to accept two Rastafarian students; Tyrone Iras Marhguy and Oheneba Nkrabea unless these students shaved off their dreadlocks. The school received support more especially from the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the school.

The students refused to comply by Achimota School's directive, on the grounds that the hairstyle is as a result of their religious beliefs and not fashion but Achimota School still went by its decision. Achimota School authority also gave reasons for its stand as to why the school would not admit them unless the dreadlocks were off.

The Rastafarian students resorted to go the law courts to demand justice in the case. They representative of one of the Rastafarian students prayed to court to order to withdraw its decision not to admit the students who had successfully passed their basic certification examination and had been placed at Achimota School by CSSPS. Achimota School, unfortunately were dealt a heavy blow yesterday as the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court ruled in favour of the Rastafarian students. The court then ordered the school to admit the two students since no legal provision was provided to support the school’s decision.

The ruling has again sparked another conversation among stakeholders. A recent one is a statement from the Board of Governors of Achimota School. A letter signed by Chairman of the Board has made it clear to contest the ruling of the Accra High Court to admit the two students.

In the letter, it said that the school’s Governing Board does not agree with the ruling of the Accra High Court and has thus directed its lawyers to appeal against the ruling

Below is a copy of the letter of the Governing Board of Achimota School in response to the court's ruling.

This is really going to be interesting. Let's see how it goes.

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Accra Achimota School Oheneba Nkrabea Rastafarian Tyrone Iras Marhguy


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