Rasta Impasse: Achimota School Board has no authority to decide next line of action – Education Minister

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Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum has said that Achimota School Board of Governors has not authority to decide the next line of action in the High Court ruling on the Rastafarian students saga.

It would be recalled that less than 24 hours after the court ruled that Achimota School should admit the boys, the Board of Governors of the school issued a statement saying they have advised their lawyers to appeal the ruling because they disagree with it.

But the Minister of Education said that decision would have to be taken by the Minister on the advice of the Attorney-General through the Ghana Education Service (GES).

Speaking on Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV, the Minister said “Achimota School Board must chill”, adding “they must understand that the matter goes beyond Achimota School and there is therefore no need for them to pre-empt the lead actors.

The Minister noted that the judge, for instance, only gave an order, but no documented ruling has been delivered to the Attorney-General and the GES yet so this is not the time to start making statements about the next line of action.

“No one has the right to pre-empt us and definitely not the Board of Governors of Achimota School,” he said.

Background

In March this year, Achimota School refused to admit two Rastafarian boys unless they cut their dreadlocks.

The matter became the subject of huge public debate and eventually the parents of the boys sued the school, its Board of Governors, GES and the Attorney-General.

After about seven weeks, the court has ruled that the boys should be admitted because their dreadlocks is a manifestation of their right to religion, which is guaranteed under the 1992 Constitution.

While the plaintiffs and respondents are waiting for a written copy of the ruling to decide the way forward, Achimota School Board rushed to declare their intentions to appeal the ruling.

But the Minister has said the declaration by Achimota School Board is of no effect.

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