Achimota School rejects GES directive to admit dreadlocked students


The Achimota School is yet to admit the two first year students with dreadlocks despite a directive from the Ghana Education Service (GES).

The school is standing its ground despite an earlier engagement with the boys’ parents and officials of the GES.

The two dreadlocked boys were turned home last Thursday, asking their parents to cut off their hair or find another school for them.

The news has since got many Ghanaians divided.

After public backlash, GES directed the school to admit the two first-year students in spite of their dreadlocks.

An official at the GES who pleaded anonymity had told Accra-based Citi News the school had been directed to admit the students but the school has insisted that it will not change its decision.

Meanwhile, father of one of the affected boys, Raswad Nkrabea says he will seek legal redress.

“The assistant director was saying that he didn’t understand why there was this big social media issue and why the media is making a brouhaha over this and that he felt that the thing has been blown out of proportion.”

“He spoke about the rules from the GES, and she spoke about the rules of the school, and eventually they said we should cut the child’s locks and I said that is totally impossible. He went on to ask the principal headmistress if she will make a compromise with the parents, and she said no.”

“I told them that, I will go to court because there is no law in this land if the school’s rules are above the constitution so let us see what the court has to say [on this],” he explained.

Achimota SHS old students’ position

Before the school’s decision, old students of Achimota School expressed their disagreement with the position of GES.

The President of the Old Achimotans Association, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey described the decision by the Ghana Education Service as undermining the authority of the School’s governing board.

In a notice to members posted by Citi News, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey said the Association is concerned about the breach of school governance and regulations.

Source: Daily Mail GH; contributed to this publication

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