Achimota School to appeal ruling in Rasta students saga

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Achimota School has served notice that it will appeal the recent High Court decision ordering it to admit the two Rastafarian boys, Tyrone Iras Marhguy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea.

The school’s board of governors, in a statement barely 24-hours after the landmark ruling, said it has instructed its lawyers to appeal the decision because it disagrees with it.

“The court ruled that the religious rights of the two applicants had been violated by the School Management as they sought to enforce the time-tested and well-known rules of the School. The Court further directed the School to admit the two applicants. The school Board disagrees with the ruling of the Court” excerpts of the statement said.

 

An Accra High Court on Monday, May 31, 2021 delivered its ruling regarding the denial of two Rastafarian boys’ admission to Achimota School because they failed to cut their dreadlocks.

Justice Gifty Adjei Addo, the Presiding Judge, disagreed with the submissions of the Attorney-General and granted all the reliefs separately sought by the embattled students except the relief of compensation in the case of Tyrone Marhguy.

According to Justice Addo, it is preposterous for the Attorney-General to have even suggested that the two were not students in the first place.

Justice Gifty Adjei Addo consequently directed Achimota School to admit the two Rastafarian students.

Lawyer for the two Rastafarian boys, Wayoe Ghanamanti in an earlier interview was indifferent about the possibility of the school appealing the decision.

He said while it remains within the right of Achimota School to appeal the decision, he is very content that his clients have received the green light from the court to go to school.

“They have the right to appeal. Our learned friends didn’t indicate any signal of an appeal, but they have a right to do so. Even when they do that, they would have started going to school. And before the appeal will be prepared and put before a court of appeal and the court called upon to get the parties to appear and move the appeal and all that, they would have started school. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Human Rights and Governance Centre, Martin Kpebu, says the case between the Rastafarian boys and Achimota School was “too plain” for a court dispute.

Martin Kpebu, who is also a private legal practitioner argued that the “constitution is clear in Article 28 and 21 that you don’t use somebody’s religion to discriminate against the person. Article 21 is clear that there is freedom of religion.”

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