The Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court in Accra, on Monday, May 31, 2021, ordered Achimota School to admit Oheneba Nkrabea, the dreadlock-wearing Rastafarian student into the school.
The Court first ordered Achimota School to admit Tyrone Marhguy, another dreadlock-wearing Rastafarian student before delivering its judgment on Oheneba Nkrabea.
Two months ago, both students were refused admission to the school due to their hairstyle which they attributed to their Rastafarian culture.
The school’s only consideration to allow the duo entry was for them to cut their dreadlocks which they [students] did not budge although the students were placed into the school under the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).
No amount of criticisms by Ghanaians, civil society organizations and human right activists against Achimota School compelled it to back down its decision.
It defended its position saying, allowing deadlocked was against the school’s rules and regulations.
GES steps in; makes a u-turn
A few days after the tension began mounting, the Ghana Education Service (GES) in what seemed to have been an end to the controversy, directed the management of the Achimota School to accept these students due to the public outcry.
But this sigh of relief was short-lived.
Exactly, 48 hours after the initial directive, the GES backtracked its decision – blocking the students’ chances of being admitted into the school.
When parents of the students visited the GES office for an official communiqué on the directive, it shockingly emerged the GES authorities have had a change of mind.
This left the parents in a fuming state as the turn of events became overly frustrating.
The fallout of a consultative meeting held between parents of the two boys and GES officials was that the management of Achimota School rejected the order to allow the students in the school with their dreadlocked hair.