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Achimota School Rejects GES Directive To Admit Rastafarians

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Achimota School Rejects GES Directive To Admit Rastafarians

Achimota School Rejects Rastafarians: Achimota School has rejected a directive by the Ghana Education Service to admit two Rastafarian students.

Headmistress of the school after a crunch meeting on Monday with the regional director of education and the GES stated that the school will not compromise on its school rules and will only admit the students if they take off their dreadlocks.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) over the weekend directed the headmistress of Achimota School to admit the two teenage students whose admissions were withdrawn due to their dreadlocks.

The directive followed an intense and sustained online protest against the decision of the Achimota school authorities.

But EIB’s Fritz Ameghashie reports that after the meeting on Monday, the Headmistress of Achimota school stated that either the parents compromise on their religious beliefs and allow their children to take off the deadlocks or students will be refused admission to the school.

The decision by the school comes after the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) on Monday fiercely resisted a directive from the Ghana Education Service for the management of Achimota School to admit two students with dreadlocks.

NAGRAT President Eric Angel Carbonu said the exemptions will lead to a chaotic school environment in the country and has asked the GES to redirect the management of Achimota School to ensure students abide by rules.

He said “the population of students in Achimota Senior High School is about 4,000 students with about 130 teachers. To be able to manage 4,000 students coming from different homes with different upbringing, different training and different behaviour need to have universal rules and regulation that ought to be followed by all students in school, We cannot begin, this day, to start making exemptions for individual students based on their belief, based on their culture, based on their tradition, and based on many other issues”.

“That will lead to a chaotic school environment. And a chaotic school environment becomes an indisciplined school environment that cannot produce the result that we expect. NAGRAT totally disagrees with the position of the management of the GES and we are calling on the GES to redirect the headmistress and the staff of the Achimota Senior High School to ensure that the rules and regulations of Achimota School and indeed any other senior high school is abided by every student.”

Mr. Carbonu added “one does not understand why people want to turn our schools into deregulated institutions where people’s whims and caprices hold way. The school is not a fashion environment, the school is not an environment to exhibit one’s religious beliefs. The school is an environment for training and conformity is part of the training.”

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Rejected Rastafarian student sues Achimota School management

Rejected Rastafarian student Tyron Iras Marhguy sues Achimota School management in the Human rights division of the High Court

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Rejected Rastafarian student sues Achimota School management

Rastafarian student sues Achimota School: One of the students allegedly refused admission at Achimota School on the basis of having dreadlocks due to his Rastafarian belief, has sued the governing board of the school and the Attorney General.

According to the motion filed through his father Tereo Kwame Marhguy at the Human Rights division of the High Court, Tyron Iras Marhguy (Student applicant) said the decision of Achimota School denying him admission as a result of his hairstyle is a clear violation of his Constitutional right to education guaranteed under Article 25 (1)b, and 28 (4) of the 1992 Constitution.

“There is no lawful basis for [Achimota School] to interfere with the applicant’s right to education based on his rasta through which he manifests or expresses his constitutionally guaranteed right to religion and to practice and manifest same,” the suit said.

The family wants “an order directed at [Achimota School] to immediately admit or enrol the applicant to continue with his education unhindered.”

Affidavit in support

According to the father of the applicant, his son “duly complied with the school selection and examination registration processes. The Applicant at all material times was a Rastafarian by religion and that Rastafarianism is a religious movement, began in Jamaica in the 1930s and adopted by many groups around the globe, that combines protestant Christianity, mysticism and a pan-African political consciousness.”

“A key tenet of Rastafarianism is the wearing of dreadlocks, which is drawn from the Nazarite vow in the Old Testament of the Bible. In particular, at Numbers 6:5, where it is said “All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.”

The affidavit further states “the Applicant has therefore worn his hair in dreadlocks throughout his studies at the Junior High School, where he excelled academically, was a model student, and was made Senior Prefect. The dreadlocks have caused no problems for him, his mates, his teachers, or the schools.”

The 58 paragraph affidavit further notes that “the Applicant’s colleagues who were admitted into the School by virtue the CSSPS placement have commenced classes whiles he is discriminatorily denied same right to education in the School and he is currently at home simply because of his expression of his religious faith, without injury to any other person. The Applicant has always been of good behaviour in his former schools and would continue to do so. And that in a recent media reportage carried out by Citi TV about the Applicant in his former school, his former teachers and school mates attested to his positive behavior and expressed their shock about the discrimination being meted against him”.

“The Applicant believes that unless this Honourable court intervenes, the 1st Respondent, its officials, teachers, and other authorities will continue to violate his fundamental and constitutionally guaranteed rights to education, religion, administrative justice, and right against discrimination. I am informed by Counsel and respectfully concur with that advice that upon a breach of the Applicant’s fundamental human rights, he is entitled to seek redress before this Honourable Court” the affidavit stated.

According to the motion filed at the Human Rights division of the High Court, dated the 31st of March 2021, Tyron Iras Marhguy (Student Applicant) suing by the Next Friend and father, says the decision of Achimota school not to admit him because of his hair style is a violation of his Constitutional right to education guaranteed under Article 25 (1)b, and 28 (4) of the 1992 Constitution.

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Outrageous KNUST SRC budget causes confusion online

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Outrageous KNUST SRC budget causes confusion online

Outrageous KNUST SRC budget: The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s Students Representative Council (SRC) is under backlash after they released their budget statement to be spent within two months.

The KNUST SRC is expecting a whopping amount of GHS996,250 for the 2020/2021 first semester which has caused an uproar on social media.

Certain items on the list that raised eyebrows are ‘Off-campus security’, ‘covid-19 package for students’, ‘src website’ among others.

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Samuel Sesah KNUST SRC president

Outrageous Knust budgetIn response to the outcry on social media, the President of the SRC in KNUST Samuel Sesah quoted a verse from the Holy Bible, Hebrews 13:17 to defend himself.

Here are some reactions from some social media users:

 

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Rastafarian students: You goofed, apologize for your action – A constitutional lawyer to Achimota School

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You goofed, apologize for your action – A constitutional lawyer to Achimota School

A constitutional lawyer, Mr. Martin Kpebu has asked the Achimota School to apologize to the country for refusing to accept students with dreadlocks.

Mr. Kpebu said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday March 27 that the school authorities made a mistake regarding the decision not to accept the students.

“They just goofed and I think Ahimota School should just eat a humble pie. They should just accept that they made a mistake, they should apologize to us,” he told host of the programme Abvena Tabi.

He added “I think the Achimota misjudged the extent to which Ghana is evolving. Now, people can access information from all over the world at the click of a bottom, and considering the issue of Achimota itself to the extent that they had allowed white girls with Rasta hair to enroll and complete, this should have been the last decision that they could take.”

Meanwhile, Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has called for calm over this issue.

He said the Ghana Education Service (GES)” within the shortest possible time is going to lay out specific guidelines for heads of schools as to how we proceed in this environment”.

“Mr. Speaker, I can tell you, meetings have been held, others are ongoing, which the Ministry of Education is facilitating, to make sure that our students operate in an environment that they give of their best,” he said on the floor of Parliament.

 

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