The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has thrown their unflinching support behind the authorities of the Achimota Senior High school for not admitting three first year students with dreadlocks into the school, although the latter were placed through the Computerized School Selection and Placement Systems (CSSPS) this year.
Dr. Andre Kwasi - Kumah, the PTA chairman strongly indicated in a press release that, the PTA executives unreservedly and unequivocally support the school's decision to enforce its rules and regulations with respect to the admission of three students with dreadlocks.
In addition, the press statement pointed out to the public that, according to the school's revised rules and regulations (August 2020), section H which talks about the general appearance of students states that, “Students must keep their hair low, simple and natural. (Students hair should not go through any chemical process). The scalp must not show.”
The PTA believes that, this age-old rule has prevented unnecessary attention and time-wasting with non-school hairdos. The statements added.
In a recent development, over the weekend, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service directed the headmistress of the Achimota school to admit the students. However, just recently, the school headmistress was reported to have said that the students will not be admitted with their dreadlocks on unless they cut it off.
Her decision has raised so many debates on the various social media networks as to who is right or wrong. In addition, the Ghana National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) afterwards issued a presser to support the headmistress of the school for going against the directive of her employer.
Although Mr Raswad Menkrabea, a Rastafarian and father of one of the students had said that, he will sue the school authorities for denying his son the right to education, it is uncertain how far he has gone with the issue.
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