An old student of Achimota School, Lawyer Kwame Akuffo says the school’s decision to refuse admission to the students with dreadlocks is right and constitutional.
According to Mr Akuffo, if exceptions are made for the Rastafarians then a child of a fetish priest should also be admitted and be allowed to attend school with their raffia skirt, since that is a manifestation of their religious beliefs.
“It’s the parent’s choice of religion that is affecting the child’s ability to go and study. We can’t open the gate to where nobody knows where we’re going to,” he said.
He insisted the school’s decision is constitutional and the right thing to do, asking “are we saying that when this child completes Achimota School, he can enter the military with dreadlocks?”
Lawyer Kwame Akufo said he is not aware if Achimota School has ever admitted a student with dreadlocks in the past, but he thinks, even if that was the case, it should not be the benchmark.
The admission standoff between parents of two students with the dreadlocks and Achimota School is still raging as the school insists they cannot be admitted until they cut off their long hair.
The Ghana Education Service has reversed an earlier directive asking the authorities of Achimota school to admit the students.
Teacher unions in the country as well as the PTA and old students of Achimota have backed the decision of school.
At least two former bosses of GES are divided on the matter – one thinks the school erred, while the other thinks the school did the right thing.
Meanwhile, parents of the boys are threatening a lawsuit against the school and GES.
Renown Human Rights Lawyer and MP for Adenta, Francis Xavier Sosu has said that the school’s rules and regulations are void in the face of the face of the constitutional rights of the students. He thinks the parents will win against the school in court.
Achimota School has allegedly boasted that they have won many such cases in court in the pasts so they are ready to meet the parents in court.