The first deputy Speaker of the 8th Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu has opined that Rastafarianism involves the smoking of marijuana popularly known as weed.
He stated that the Rastafarian religion condones weed-smoking therefore the country should refrain from those religious grounds with the two first-year Achimota School students it denied admission due to their dreadlocks else it would complicate matters.
He made these pronouncements while contributing to a statement made by the North Tongu lawmaker, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on the plight of the two students who claim belong to Rastafarianism on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, March 25.
Presenting the statement, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said the denial of admission to the dreadlock students in his view seems to be a conflict between fundamental human rights and what defines the notion of discipline in schools.
According to the MP, Article 17 (2) of the 1992 Constitution is unambiguous: “A person shall not be discriminated against on grounds of gender, race, color, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status
He further explained that Article 21 (1) (C) further provides: “All persons shall have the right to freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice.
In reference to Article 28 (4), Mr. Ablakwa, who’s a former Deputy Education Minister said, “No child shall be deprived by any other person of medical treatment, education or any other social or economic benefit by reason only of religious or other belief.”
Mr. Osei-Owusu reiterated that weed is illegal and it is not a substance that is permitted, he cited Blakk Rasta as an example for claiming most MPs smoke weed and was brought to Parliament to substantiate his claims before the Privileges Committee where he was found guilty then later apologies and was forgiven.
According to Osei-Owusu, the Achimota School refusing to admit the dreadlock students doesn’t amount to an infringement on their fundamental human right as many hold the assertion.
He explained that the young men were offered admission after having obtained the required grades but the school has a code and ethics which all students must abide by and the students’ refusal to adhere to them has brought the impasse.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has assured the House that the Ministry will soon come out with guidelines to resolve the impasse between Achimota School and the two dreadlocks students amicably in order to allow the school to operate by raising excellent children who become the future leaders of this country.
By: Originalfmonline.com | Ghana |91.9MHz