Some social media handles published a story about two first-year students who had dreadlocks and were denied admission to Achimota Senior High School.
He was denied because the school rules and regulations do not allow students with dreadlocks to be admitted.
Some describe this as mental slavery Bob Marley spoke about. Critical thinking should tell them that one’s looks do not affect his intelligence and moral behavior in any way.
Others too say the school has its rules and hence any student who is admitted to the school is to abide by the rules and regulations of the school or leave the school.
In his Post, this morning, the school authorities of Achimota School claimed that their rules do not allow students with dreadlocks to be admitted. this morning, the school authorities of Achimota School claimed that their rules do not allow students with dreadlocks to be admitted. The school authorities denied two brilliant dreadlock students from being admitted after having been posted there by the Computer School Placement System. My son was one of the affected children and the other student was also refused on the same grounds. We have no option but to battle against this gross human right violation.
As a child, he has every right to his culture in so far as such culture does not breach the 1992 Constitution. He equally deserves the right to access education within his culture just like other cultural believers. As a Rastafarian, I think that dreadlocks do no way cause any harm which should even be a basis to be asserted by the school authorities.
The fundamental question to ask is what does our law say about the right to one’s culture? Do you deny a child access to education based on his/her culture? Do public school rules override the supreme law of the land?
Tomorrow I will be on TV3 to share some light. Will give an update on time.
Thank you for the Solidarity.
Ras Aswad Nkrabeah