Achimota School and Attorney General file appeal challenging High Court’s ruling on Rastafarian Students

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Achimota School and the Attorney-General’s department have filed an appeal challenging a High Court’s ruling that the former admits some two Rastafarian students.

The boys, Tyrone Iras Marhguy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea had dragged the Achimota School Board of Governors, the Minister of Education, Ghana Education Service, and the Attorney General to court for refusing to enrol them with the explanation that they had to shave their dreadlocks in accordance with the School’s regulations.

However, on May 31, 2021, the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo ruled that the fundamental human rights of the two students cannot be limited by the rules in question.

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Justice Gifty Agyei explained that she does not 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.

But appealing the ruling, Achimota School argues that the High Court erred by indicating that the rules and regulations of the school with regard to ensuring uniformity in appearance is unlawful and interferes with one’s religious rights.

 

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