Ghana Education Service has recently instructed authorities of Achimota School 2 Rastafarians.
The two Rastafarians in this case happens to be brilliant students who are now going to first year SHS.
This massive change and surprising decision comes after a massive reaction on social media following the senior high school’s denial of 2 rastafarian students.
The two students got admission but were not given the chance to enroll because of their dreadlocks.
It is well known in Ghana that Students who attend public Senior High Schools cut down their hair. It doesn’t matter if you are a male or female, one has to get his/her hair down before he/she gets accepted.
For a child to attend SHS with bulky/braided hair, the child must enroll in a private school.
The case of these two brilliant Rastafarians is now seen to be somewhat a dawn of change.
This tells that if one fully deserves the institution, there is surely a chance to enroll.
This Rastafarian enrollment happened when an aggrieved parent of one of the denied students took to social media to express his dissatisfaction. His discomfort with regards to the unfair treatment by the management of the school.
According to the parent, the child has every right to his culture. The culture does not breach the 1992 Constitution.
The father further expressed that dreadlocks on the hair does not cause any harm.
To this, get said it’s not right in any way to reject someone because of dreadlocks.
“My son was one of the affected children and the other student was also refused on the same grounds. We have no option but to battle against this gross human right violation. As a child, he has every right to his culture. so far as such culture does not breach the 1992 Constitution
He equally deserves the right to access education within his culture just like other cultural believers.
As a Rastafarian, I think that dreadlocks do no way cause any harm which should even be a basis to be asserted by the school authorities,” The Parent wrote on Social media
Ever since his post, there have been massive reaction from social media and many traditional media platforms; questioning why the Achimota school will take such an unfair decision.
The Director-General of GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku- Amankwah reacted to the unfortunate development. He said the school cannot refuse to admit the two students.
“You cannot say that you you will not admit someone on the basis of someone’s religious belief so we have asked the head to allow the children to be in school” He said.
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