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Court is the only avenue to determine whether Rastafarianism is a religion or not – Lawyer

For the court to gain any significant ground in carrying conclusion to the deadlock between specialists of the Achimota School and the guardians of the two senior High School understudies who were denied affirmation in light of their dreadlocks, a private lawful expert has shown the court will initially decide whether the Rastafarianism is a religion or an affiliation.


Specialists at the Achimota School a week ago denied the two youngsters affirmation except if they cut their dreadlocks on the grounds that the school's principles didn't allow that.


The Ghana Education Service, GES had in a previous proclamation coordinated the Headmistress of the Achimota School to concede the understudies.


"We have asked her [headmistress] to concede the understudies. The understudy is a Rastafarian and if there is proof to show that he is Rastafarian, that he should simply to tie the hair perfectly," the Director-General of the GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa told journalists.


Educator Unions including the National Association of Graduate Teachers, NAGRAT on Sunday challenged the false front of the GES and demonstrated the GES can't organization Achimota School to concede the understudies.


The two understudies were denied admittance to the school for the second time when on Monday they visited the school.


Addressing Alfred Ocansey on the 3FM Sunrise Morning Show, Private Legal Practitioner Christian Malm - Hesse says


"Someone who puts on dreadlocks the assumption is that he's either Rastafarian or for design. On the off chance that you welcome an individual and the individual says [I am a Rastafarian] the inquiry currently is do I make you trimmed all or oppose a portion of the convictions that are inalienable in your religion to fulfill the school rules by trimming your hair? All these are subjects for the court to conclude that is the reason we should test the law".


"The most ideal approach to have this figured out is through the court. We need a presentation to maintain that common freedom of article 17 of the 1992 constitution and when that is done it will at this point don't be a right of the Director-General as against another or the privilege of a headteacher sitting in his easy chair in a specific school. It will be very much dedicated in the traditions that must be adhered to. On the off chance that you read article 17 it says all people will be equivalent and no one will be separated upon his religion, belief, sex and so forth and Rastafarian was considered as a religion."

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