It has come to light on social media that the prestigious Achimota School in Accra has denied two brilliant students seeking admission to enter the school merely because they had ‘dreadlocks’ on their heads.
A disgruntled father, who could not fathom why a student seeking admission at a school would be denied the admissions because they have dreadlock, shared it on Facebook.
According to the father of one of the students denied admission, Raswad Mankrabea-having dreadlocks himself- the Achimota School authorities premised their denial of the kids the admission into the school based on what they say their rules do not allow students with dreadlocks into the school.
According to Raswad Mankrabea, this is a clear case of human rights violation which he intends to fight it to the latter.
He added that dreadlocks do not, in any way, cause any harm which should even be a basis to be asserted by the Achimota School authorities.
Below is what Raswad Mankkrabea wrote on Facebook sighted by Zackgh.com:
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.
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