Achimota School (Motown) denies 2 Dreadlock Students Admission; former MP challenges Authorities

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Achimota Senior High School or Motown has reportedly refused access to two dreadlock students. School officials say that it is against the rules of the school to accept students with dreadlocks, according to reports.

“Two brilliant dreadlock students, after being posted by the Computerized School Placement System (CSSPS), have been refused admission by school officials of the Achimota School.”

One of the students wrote involved wrote on Facebook;

“Fellow Comrades and Friends, I will be live on TV3 Ghana at 10 pm GMT this evening, March 18th, 2020, on the matter of my son and another child having been refused admission by the authorities of Achimota Senior High School following their posting to the school by the Computer School Placement System. This morning, the school authorities claimed that their rules do not allow students with dreadlocks to be admitted.

The other student with dreadlocks 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 faith in so far as such faith 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 interview will be live at 10 pm. Thank you for the Solidarity. Ras Aswad Nkrabeah”

Meanwhile, Ras Mubarak, former MP of Kumbugu, challenged the decision of the school.

It is a breach of Articles 21(1)(c), 25(1), 26(1)28(3), and 28(4) of the 1992 Constitution that the MP claims to have taken this leap.

In a Facebook post, Mr Mubarak said that the Constitution states that no child should be deprived, solely because of religion or other belief, of any other person’s health, education, social or economic benefits.

The Former MP therefore said it was not a move in the right direction to refuse students admission based on their Rasta culture.

“It is degrading treatment under Article 28 to not allow them to go to school because they are afraid of being treated (3). The school which have its rules but these rules and all other laws and regulations are subject to Ghana’s constitution. The constitution is the supreme law of the nation,” he said.

So he requested the school authorities to revoke their decision and to admit the students.