Achimota School – refuses to admit a student with dreadlocks
From the look of things Ghana Education Service has not legalized dreadlocks in any public school.
Achimota school has allegedly denied a boy who was placed in their school admission for carrying dreadlocks.
According to the school, the rules and regulations governing the school does not make room for students to keep dreadlocks whiles in school.
This allegation was made against the school by Ras Aswad Nkrabeah who says the boy in question is his son and has the right to be educated.
Below is what Ras Aswad Nkrabeah wrote on his Facebook wall after his son was allegedly denied admission.
Fellow Comrades and Friends,
This morning, the school authorities of Achimota School claimed that their rules do not allow students with dreadlocks to be admitted.
The school authorities denied two brilliant dreadlock students from being admitted after having been posted there by the Computer School Placement System.
My son was one of the affected children and the other student was also refused on the same grounds. We have no option but to battle against this gross human right violation.
As a child he has every right to his culture in so far as such culture do not breach the 1992 Constitution. He equally deserves the right to access education within his culture just like other cultural believers.
As a Rastafarian, I think that dreadlocks do no way cause any harm which should even be a basis to be asserted by the school authorities.
The fundamental questions to ask is what does our law say about right to one’s culture? Do you deny a child access to education based on his/her culture? Do public school rules override the supreme law of the land?
Tomorrow I will be on TV3 to share some light. Will give update on time.
Thank you for the Solidarity.
Ras Aswad Nkrabeah