- The Ghana Education Service (GES) has changed its mind on an earlier order to the Achimota School to admit two Rastafarian students
- It says the students and their parents should abide by the rules and regulations of the school to be admitted
- The GES had earlier instructed Achimota to offer the boys admission
- Blakk Rasta has criticised the position of the school and GES, saying it is discriminatory
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The Ghana Education Service has made a U-turn on its earlier directive to the Achimota School to admit the two Rastafarian students.
The GES had earlier instructed the school to admit the Rasta students after they were denied admission because of their hair.
In a new revelation by Blakk Rasta, after a crunch meeting with the headmistress of Achimota School, they were briefed that the GES has changed its mind on the issue.
He disclosed on Zylofon FM that he had attended the meeting with the parents of the students only to receive that information.
According to him, the GES has ordered the parents to abide by the rules of Achimota School, that is, cutting the hair of the students before they can be admitted.
To Blakk Rasta, this is discrimination because the dreadlocks symbolises the religion the boys belong to.
Meanwhile, one of the Rastafarian students, Marhguy Iras Tyrone, has lamented the treatment meted out to him and his other colleague.
He said he wishes Achimota School would focus on his brain rather than his hair.
He gave a detailed report about all that happened.
According to the teenager, when he arrived at the Achimota School, a mistress prevented him from submitting the items the school authorities asked first-year students to buy and submit.
In an interview with Citi TV, Marhguy disclosed that the mistress was blunt about her bias against his hairstyle as she told him she does not want to have anything to do with him because of his natural hair.
Another Rastafarian student, Selassie Yankey, who was admitted at Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School, in the Ashanti Region, has said that he would have quit school if the only choice to continue his education was to trim his hair.
Yankee was interviewed on Akoma FM after he was reportedly asked by the school authorities to cut his hair before getting admitted.
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