A former Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Michael Nsowah says parents must send their children to school knowing they will comply with its internal rules.

He insists the rules governing schools form part of their identity and therefore cannot be set aside because of the refusal of some parents to comply.

In the last two weeks, the country has seen an impasse between parents of two Rastafarian students and management of Achimota School over the need to cut the dreadlocks of their children before their enrolment process can be completed.

Sharing his view, Mr. Nsowah, who chairs the GES Council said while new guidelines will be announced soon, it is important for parents to appreciate and obey them.

“You are fascinated about Achimota, everything about Achimota, now you go there and then you think that, no, you want to change Achimota, that cannot happen.”, he told Emefa Apawu on “The Probe” on the JoyNews channel.

On his part, the President of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary School (CHASS), Alhaji Yacoub Abukari said keeping a low hair cut ensures smooth academic work.

“If you are coming to school for the purposes of learning, lower your hair so that you will not be bothered how to style it and stuff like that and you will not be bothered about things in your hair that will disturb your other colleague students.”

Touching on the proposed guidelines expected to be released by the Ghana Education Service, Child Rights International urged the Service to ensure that the proposed guidelines are in the interest of all students.

“I expect that CHASS would also collaborate with the Ministry and Ghana Education Service to come out with policies that will be beneficial to children and safe guard their welfare”, Executive Director, Bright Appiah stated.