Executive Director of Child Right International, Mr. Bright Appiah has lauded the Ghana Education Service for acting swiftly to intervene for the two Rastafarian first-year Senior High students who were denied admission to the Achimota School due to their dreadlocks.
According to Mr. Appiah, the education body directing the authorities to admit the students to the school was a step in the right direction and demonstrates leadership.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) on Friday directed the headmistress of the Achimota School to admit two first-year students with dreadlocks who reported to the school to begin their senior high school (SHS) education.
The authorities of the school are said to have denied admission to the two students who were posted there under the Computer School Placement System (CSSPS) because the rules of the school did not allow students with dreadlocks to be admitted.
But, later in the evening, the GES said a directive had been issued to the school to admit the students.
“We have asked her [headmistress] to admit the students. The student is a Rastafarian and if there is evidence to show that he is Rastafarian, all that he needs to do is to tie the hair neatly,” the Director-General of the GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, told the Daily Graphic.
Reacting to a claim of a parent that the child had been denied admission because he was wearing dreadlocks, he said the school authorities could not say that they would not admit the children because of the dreadlocks.
“So, you cannot say that you will not admit someone on the basis of the person’s religious beliefs and so, we have asked the head to allow the children to be in the school,” the Director-General stated.
Speaking to Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Original 91.9FM on Monday, March 22, 2021, Mr. Bright Appiah was full of praises for the Ghana Education Service describing their intervention role as an epitome of leadership.
“The directive given by the Ghana Education Service (GES) is in order and they have also demonstrated leadership and moving forward, we have to ensure the laws of the schools confront the principles of Ghana Education Service. What they want to achieve,” Mr. Appiah noted.
“Clearly, I think they have done a good job and we need to applaud them for that but I believe we have to begin to respect the views and dignity of our children. And, all that we should be interested in is the child’s development,” he added.
Mr. Appiah further urged the two first-year Rastafarians not to postulate they have won over the school and that they were enrolled because the state is interested in their development.
“Definitely it will have some psychological effect on the child[ren] based on the reasons they have been allowed into the school not that he’s triumphant over the school regulations, but just that the state is interested in educating him, so, the orientation of the child must be that he won. But the state is interested in your development, therefore, it’d not let anything impede that process that is the reason why they’ve allowed you to be in the school,” he said.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana