- 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
- His mother has been speaking since the directive
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Maana Myers, the mother of one of the Rastafarian students who won the landmark ‘dreadlock’ case against the Achimota school said at some point, she wanted to chicken out “because of pressure from family and friends.”
“I have friends who do not talk to me anymore because I refused to cut his hair,” she told Kasapa 102.5 FM as monitored by YEN.com.gh.
Myers was so emotionally distraught with the ongoing kerfuffle over the Achimota school’s refusal to admit her kid and she couldn’t sleep for close to two weeks.
“I couldn’t sleep for just an hour at night,” she stated despite her being on prescription drugs from her doctor just to sleep.
And because the drugs were not working, she had to be on antidepressants for seven weeks.
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.
Myers described the ruling as historic saying: “Not only for Oheneba but for other students as well.”
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.