Rastafarian Tyrone Iras Marhguy on Achimota School campus

The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNEEC) has entreated the Achimota School to respect a court ruling on admitting two Rastafarian students they initially denied enrollment.

In a statement, the group said, it “has been following with keen interest, the myriad of issues that have surrounded the admission case between the Achimota School and two Rastafarian students.

“To this end, GNECC wishes to urge the Ghana Education Service and the authorities of the Achimota School to respect the High Court ruling and admit the students.”

This follows the May 31, ruling by the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court in favour of the students.

The students had sued the Achimota School over its decision to deny them enrollment pending the trimming of their dreadlocks by the School’s regulations.

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

She argued that, on the probabilities of the evidence that 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.

Subsequently, the Achimota School has declared its intention to appeal the case.

In a statement, the Board of Directors of the school emphasised that “it disagreed with the ruling of the court adding that it “has, therefore, directed its Lawyers to appeal against the ruling,” the statement emphasised.

Shortly, after the school’s response, GNEEC is urging all stakeholders especially the Ghana Education Service and authorities of the Achimota School to abide by the ruling.

GNEEC further reiterated its call for the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to call for a National Stakeholders dialogue to introduce National Guidelines that will govern all schools in Ghana and bring uniformity in the way matters of this nature are handled.

This, they explained will ensure that “the best interest of all Ghanaian children and other stakeholders are catered for.”