Achimota School under fire for allegedly refusing to admit student in dreadlocks

Ras Aswad Nkrabeah, a parent of one of the students who was allegedly refused admission in Achimota Senior High School over his dreadlocks, says the school has infringed on the rights of his son.

The infuriated parent, who took to Facebook to express his displeasure, described the act as  a gross human rights violation.

He said the school authorities denied two brilliant dreadlock students from being admitted, although his son and the other student were placed in the school by the Computer School Placement System (CPSS).

According to Ras Aswad Nkrabeah, his son’s dreadlocks will not cause any harm and should not be a basis to be asserted by the school authorities.

Both authorities of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Achimota School are yet to speak on the issue.

Read the full Facebook post below:

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?

Thank you for the Solidarity.

Ras Aswad Nkrabeah

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