The National Association of Graduate Teachers [NAGRAT], is calling on the Ghana Education Service [GES] to redirect its instructions to authorities of Achimota Senior High School to admit two first-year students who reported on campus with dreadlocks.
There was a massive debate on social media after reports that Achimota Senior High School had refused to admit the children although they gained admission.
This was after Raswad Nkrabea the father of one of the teenagers with dreadlocks took to Facebook to threaten a lawsuit against the school.
But NAGRAT has jumped into the defense of the school at a press briefing on Monday, March 22, 2021, NAGRAT President, Angel Carbon justified that, Achimota school’s action;“the headmistress and the staff of Achimota did not deny the young man admission. They rather spelled out to the young man the rules and regulations of Achimota Senior High School. It will be a problem if we limit this to haircuts. The rules and regulations go beyond a haircut, it talks about conformity, uniformity, obedience to school rules. The population of students in Achimota Senior High School is about 4,000 students with about 130 teachers. To be able to manage 4,000 students coming from different homes, with different upbringing, different training and different behavior mean to have universal rules and regulations the ought to be followed by all students in the school”.
He stated categorically clear that “NAGRAT disagrees totally with the position of the management of the Ghana Education Service and we are calling on the Ghana Education Service to redirect the headmistress and the staff of Achimota Senior High School to ensure that the rules and regulation of Achimota and indeed any other senior school is abided by every student’.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has directed the headmistress of Achimota School to admit the two teenage students whose admissions were withdrawn due to their dreadlocks.
This comes after an intense and sustained online protest against the decision of the Achimota school authorities to turn away the two boys and sparking widespread debate and outrage.
Mr. Carbonu further indicated that the school is not an environment to exhibit one’s religious beliefs, “the school is not a fashion environment neither is it an environment to exhibit one’s religious beliefs. It is an environment for training”.
By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana