In March 2021, two Rastafarian students were denied admission in the country’s capital by Achimota School for carrying dreadlocks which the authorities of the school frown upon.
In a letter to the two rastafarian students, the authorities of the Achimota School indicated that they will not enrol them for carry locks.
And that they will only be allowed admission once they cut their dreadlocks in accordance with the rules of the school as stipulated in the school’s academic regulations.
This issue resulted in a heated debate which in Ghana especially on social media.
In a directive, the Ghana Education Service called on the authorities of the School to have the two Rastafarian students admitted after a meeting and later backtracked on its directive after push-back from the stakeholders of the school.
Tyron Iras Marhguy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, the two Rastafarian students sued the School’s Board of Governors, the Minister of Education, the Ghana Education Service, and the Attorney General to enforce their fundamental Human Rights.
Tyron Iras Marhguy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea sued the School’s Board of Governors, the Minister of Education, Ghana Education Service and the Attorney General to enforce their fundamental Human Rights.
In the new development, an Accra High Court presided over by Judge Gifty Adjei Addo has therefore ordered the authorities of Achimota School to enroll the two Rastafarian students after a final ruling on Monday, 31st May 2021.
The Judge, during the ruling, argued that, on the probabilities of the evidence that were adduced before the court, she doesn’t think the Achimota School and proponents, including GES and the Attorney General’s Department, have made a compelling argument as to why those two students should not be admitted, especially given their rights to education as well as their rights to express their religious freedom.
Reacting to the news, Tyron Marhguy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea thanked their maker for a successful journey and a victorious win expressing satisfaction in the ruling by the judge.