Rasta student wants court to order Achimota-School to admit him
Tyron Iras Marhguy, one of the Rastafarian students refused
admission by Achimota School, has filed a suit at the High Court
(Human Rights Division) to enforce his fundamental Human Rights.
According to some court documents sighted by Joy News, the
applicant is asking the court to “declare that the failure and or refusal
of the 1st Respondent (Achimota School Board of Governors) to
admit or enroll the Applicant on the basis of his Rastafarian religious
inclination, beliefs and culture characterised by his keeping of Rasta
is a violation of his fundamental human rights and freedoms
guaranteed under the 1992 constitution, particularly Articles 12(1), 23, 21(1)(b)(c)”.
He has been denied admission to the Achimota School over his
failure to trim his dreadlocks. The school authorities have justified
the move with claims that it is against the rules of the school to
admit students with dreadlocks, thus if the student
must be admitted, he must conform to the rules of the school.
This generated huge public debate, with a section of the public
questioning school authorities for the decision, while others
defended the move. A school of thought believes the decision
is discriminatory. Others say authorities are right since every student
must conform to the rules of the schools. The suit argued that the
denial of admission is a “violation of his (Tyrone Iras Marhguy’s) right
to dignity”. The document continues that “…
There is no lawful basis for Achimota School to interfere with the
applicant’s right to education based on his rasta through which he
manifests or expresses his constitutionally guaranteed right to
religion and to practice and manifest same.”
The application is seeking “an order directed at Achimota School to
immediately admit or enroll the applicant to continue with his
education unhindered.” The applicant is also seeking compensation
for the “inconvenience, embarrassment, waste of time, and violation
of his fundamental human rights and freedoms”.