The Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court in Accra, on Monday, May 31, 2021, ordered Achimota School to admit the two Rastafarian students Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea and Tyrone Iras Marhguy, who were denied admission due to their dreadlocks.
The two boys were place in Achimota School by the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) because they met all the requirement for admission into an A class school like Achimota School.
But the school refused them admission because they refused to cut their dreadlocks on the orders of school authorities.
Due to the refusal of admission, the two students were not able to start school with their colleagues who entered Achimota School in March this year.
The incident generated a protracted public debate about the violation of constitutionally enshrined individual rights as against institutional rules and regulations.
At some point, the Ghana Education Service (GES) directed to the school to admit them provided they promise to tie their hair neatly while on campus, but the school authorities blatantly refused the orders of the GES, with the support of the PTA, old students association and some teacher groups in the country.
The GES later retracted their directive to the school and allowed them to have their way in violating the students’ rights.
Parents of the school therefore had no other choice that to resort to the law courts and file separate suits on behalf of the two students seeking an order to Achimota School to admit the boys, and other reliefs including compensation for embarrassment, wasting their time and violating their dignity.
This court ruling makes the school’s regulation on short hair of no effective, particularly since the school is known to have admitted several Caucasian students with long all over the years.