Father of Rastafarian student sends message to Achimota School
One of the parents of the Rastafarian boys says he is ready and
willing to enroll his ward in Achimota School following a court order
by an Accra High Court to admit the two students.
Speaking on Top Story, Ras Nkrabea said he and the other parent,
Mr Marhguy are, however, hesitant to immediately let their kids
go to campus because of the possible hostility they may face.
He said that the boys struggled psychologically throughout the
ordeal, hence, they do not want them to go through any more
traumatic experience in the school because of the court judgment.
“The school is not just for academic education, it is to groom
the children into being good human beings. We have just gone
through a battle that has damaged the children, so,
we are not expecting any hostility from the school.
“So, one of the best ways is to pacify the situation,
to show some love, show some concern and welcome
them in the school properly,” Mr Nkrabea said.
In March this year, Achimota School issued admission letters
to the two students but indicated that they would only be
enrolled on condition that they shave their dreadlocks
in accordance with the school’s academic regulations.
Tyron Iras Marhguy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea sued the
School’s Board of Governors, the Minister of Education,
the Ghana Education Service and the Attorney General
to enforce their fundamental Human Rights.
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The Human Rights Division of the High Court, presided over
by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo, ruled that the fundamental human
rights of the two students could not be
limited by the rules in question.
Lawyer for the families, Ras Wayo Tetteh, said that the young boys
can be admitted to the school as early as Tuesday, June 1.
However, Mr Nkrabea said there have been concerns raised about
how the school will treat his son should he send him to the school
and how that treatment will impact on his studies and mental health.
“We are not expecting to go to the school and see teachers show disdain,
see teachers showing scorn or wanting to reject the children,” he said.
Mr Nkrabea said they would appreciate it if the school obeys the
court order and welcomes the children with open arms.