One of the Rastafarian students who were rejected by Achimota school because of their dreadlocks have sued the school.
Tyron Iras Marhguy and Kwaku Nkrabea were refused entry into Achimota School because of their dreadlocks. The matter became a huge national debate but the school has refused to yield in spite of several calls and even interventions by the Ghana Education Service and Ministry of Education.
Initially, it was Kwaku Nkrabea’s father, Ras Aswad Nkrabea who threatened a lawsuit, but Tyron seem to have taken the lead and sued the school for a number of reliefs.
Among other things, the plaintiff is asking the Human Rights Division of an Accra High Court to order Achimota school to admit him and allow him to continue his education without any hindrance.
The plaintiff insisted that there is no law that allows Achimota School to hinder his education on the basis of his Rastafarian religion, adding that the action of the school, no only violated his rights to manifest his religious practice, but also his right to dignity.
He is therefore asking the courts to also order Achimota School to apologize to him and compensate him for inconvenience, embarrassment and for wasting his time.
The boy’s father, Tero Kwame Marhguy is a co-plaintiff, while the Board of Directors of Achimota School and the Attorney-General are the first and second respondents respectively.
Find the suit below.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Dr. Yaw Adutwum has said that consultations are still ongoing with the aim of getting an amicable solution and ultimately revising school rules to address matters relating to the admission of Rastafarian students.