Achimota Rasta impasse: Rastafarian students win case against school

Achimota Rasta impasse: Rastafarian students win case against school

- The Achimota School has been ordered to admit Tyrone Marhguy, the dreadlock-wearing Rastafarian boy into the school

- Oheneba Nkrabea, according to the court's ruling would also be admitted

- The Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court in Accra gave its ruling today, May 31, 2021

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The Achimota School has been ordered to admit Tyrone Marhguy, the dreadlock-wearing Rastafarian boy into the school.

The Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court in Accra directed Achimota School to also admit Oheneba Nkrabea, another Rastafarian student into the school.

The ruling was read by High Court Judge, Gifty Adjei Addo.

Her reasons were that failure to admit the applicant because of their dreadlocks, which is a manifestation of their religious right is a violation of their human right, right to education, and dignity.

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Tyrone Marhguy filed a suit against the Achimota School’s decision not to admit him over their dreadlocks.

Achimota Rasta impasse: Rastafarian students win case against school
Achimota Rasta impasse: Rastafarian students win case against school
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The Achimota school demanded that both Tyrone and Oheneba cut off their dreadlock before they would be admitted into the school.

Out of anger, their parents took to social media to lash out at the school for its refusal to admit the students because of their hair.

The saga has been ongoing since March 19, 2021, when the two reported to the school to process their admissions after being placed there through the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS)

Initially, the Ghana Education Student (GES) directed the Achimota School to admit both Marghuy and Nkrabea, but it later backtracked after the Achimota school’s stakeholders protested.

The Achimota School PTA said its revised rules and regulations from August 2020 indicate that students must keep their hair low, simple and natural.

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Meanwhile, ahead of the judgement, all persons including journalists were sacked from the courtroom.

The incident happened at the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court.

The time for the judgement on the case was reportedly rescheduled from 9 am to 2 pm today May 31, 2021.

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