The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court on Tuesday ordered the Achimota School to admit two Rastafarian students it initially denied enrollment.

The students were denied enrollment over failure to trim their dreadlocks. According to school authorities, it was against their rules to admit students with such hairstyles.

Subsequently, Tyron Iras Marhguy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, the students involved, sued the School’s Board of Governors, Education Minister, Ghana Education Service and the Attorney General to enforce their fundamental Human Rights.

Presiding over the case, Justice Gifty Agyei Addo ruled that the fundamental human rights of two students cannot be limited.

She argued that, on the probabilities of the evidence that were adduced before the court, she doesn’t think the Achimota school and proponents, including GES and the Attorney General’s Department, have made a compelling argument as to why those two students should not be admitted, especially given their rights to education as well as their rights to express their religious freedom.

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Meanwhile, the Achimota School has declared its intention to appeal the ruling by the High Court.