- 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
- Nkrabea says he was hopeless at some point because he feared the judge will be induced
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The Rastafarian student who won the ‘dreadlock’ case against the Achimota School has stated that he feared at some point during the landmark case the judge will be bribed to rule against him.
“At a point, I lost hope because looking at the country and from what I watch on the news and corruption, I thought the judge could be bribed," Oheneba Nkrabea said on Morning Starr and monitored by YEN.com.gh.
He was thus “surprised” when the ruling “went in our favour.” “It has to do with the system,” he stressed.
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The Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court in Accra on Monday ordered the Achimota School to admit Tyrone Marhguy and Oheneba Nkrabea, the dreadlock-wearing Rastafarian boys 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.
Tyrone Marhguy filed a suit against the Achimota School’s decision not to admit him over their dreadlocks.
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.