Tyron Iras Marhguy

One of the Rastafarian students who was denied enrollment into Achimota School has expressed excitement about the court ruling that he should be admitted.

According to Tyron Iras Marhguy, the ruling will pave way for him to be educated and proceed to fulfill his dream of becoming an engineer.

“I’m highly excited about this decision that the court made because, from a neutral standpoint, I think this is the best ruling. Growing up as Rasta kids, we have our individual dreams and it includes going through the SHS, that’s why I tried my possible best to score an aggregate 6.

“And having to go through all this trauma and all of this discrimination, and now knowing that it was somewhat not necessary to have gone through all of this, it means a lot to me I feel my dreams are not going to be shattered,” he said.

This was his reaction after the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court, Monday, May 31, ruled in favor of the students who had sued the Achimota School over its decision to deny them enrollment pending the trimming of their dreadlocks, in accordance with the School’s regulations.

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

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.

On his part, Oheneba Nkrabea, the other student involved, was also elated about the ruling. Oheneba, who has resorted to online and home studies expressed hopes of returning to join his mates in school.

“I’m really grateful for the court’s decision and I’m hoping to go to school very soon. I thought I was lacking out but I realised that it didn’t matter whether I go to school or not as long as I’m getting the same education as they are, I can go through this,” he said.