GES Directs Achimota School To Accept Rastafarians

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed the head of Achimota School to accept the two first-year students with dreadlocks who were denied admission to the school.

According to reports, the school authorities denied admission to the students because of their hairstyle explaining that the school rules did not allow students with dreadlocks to be admitted.

This generated public backlash especially on Social Media as many Ghanaians said the decision taken by Achimota School is unfair, not reasonable, and against human rights.

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The father of one of the kid’s posted on Facebook stating that the decision by Achimota School is a gross human rights violation and they ‘have no option than to battle’.

He queried; “the fundamental question to ask is what does our law say about the right to one’s culture? Do you deny a child access to education based on his/her culture? Do public school rules override the supreme law of the land?”

In this regard, the Ghana Education Service issued a directive to the head of the school to accept the students. The Director-General of GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa said that they have directed the headmistress “to admit the students. The student is a Rastafarian and if there is evidence to show that he is Rastafarian, all that he needs to do is to tie the hair neatly”.

Source: Beverlyn Nunoo | Hbtvghana.com

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