It seems the level of stigmatization and frustration meted to students with dreadlocks at the various senior high schools is at an alarming rate as some of the victims may quit school rather than cut their hair as a condition for admission
School authorities and the management of OKESS has denied admission to a young Rastafarian who was placed at the school by the computerized school selection system with the reason of having a hair with dreadlocks. This incident happened after similar occurred at Achimota School where two Rastafarian were denied admission because of their dreadlocks. The authorities said admitting students with dreadlocks disobey the school rules and regulations.
Selassie Yankee, who had aggressive 15 in the BECE and has been denied admission at Osei Kyeretwie, a Kumasi based Senior High School has said that he is considering quiting school for good instead of cutting off his dreadlocks.
The 19year old boy, Selasi Yankee reacted that when it comes to choosing between cutting his dreadlocks before gaining admission and quiting school, he will rather quite school to keep his dreadlocks over school.
“In our family we are all dreadlocked because that is our belief. So we can’t cut his hair, he has been wearing the hair since infancy and throughout all his documents he’s captured with his locks so what’s different now?” The father of the student, Mr Michael Kofi Sarpong lamented.
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