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"Now That You've Accepted Dreadlocks To School, Can We Have Similar Pronouncement On Hijab?"

The Ghana Education Service (GES) recently issued a statement directing Achimota School to accept the admission of students with natural dreadlocks. When the issue came up, the father of the dreadlock student, Mr. Ras Aswad Nkrabeah expressed his displeasure that, it is not written in our laws for a Second Cycle institution to rejects the admission of students with dreadlocks. It is the cultural of Rastafarians to keep hair natural like that without cutting it.

It is also the cultural of Muslims girls or ladies to the hijab (veil). The hijab is religious or cultural veil worn by Muslim women in the presence of any male outside their immediate family, which usually covers the hair, head and chest. This is done by Muslim women in order to conform to Islamic standards of modesty. Our 1992 constitution also provides Freedom of Worship without any intimidations by other religions.

But some institutions in Ghana prevent Muslim women from wearing the veil to their place especially in Christian schools and workplaces. Not all of them but some intentionally add it their rules and regulations or appointment letters to force the Muslim women to accept their conditions of work. In some schools, Muslim girls are forced to attend Christian worship against their will but Islamic Institutions do not force Christians to abide by their rules and regulations or culture.

In view of this, Citi TV and FM Journalist, Umaru Sanda Amadu has used his official Facebook account to pleads with Ghana Education Service (GES) to consider Muslim women and make the same pronouncement on their hijab like they have done for the Rastafarian Religion. Umaru Sanda Amadu said that, "Now that the Ghana Education Service has made definite pronouncements on the wearing of dreadlocks to school by Rastafarians on Cultural/Religious grounds, can we have a similar pronouncement on Hijab? The Muslim girl child isn't wearing it as fashion either". 

Most Ghanaians supported his ideal as they hailed him for fighting for his religious women.

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