The Achimota school still stand on its earlier decision despite the Ghana Education Service (GES) involvement, that it will not allow the two Rastafarian students to be admitted into the school, not after they cut off the hair.
Meanwhile the families of the two students insist their wards be admitted without complying to the directives of the school.
Although the school claims that its rules and regulations does not allow such students to be admitted and hence the only favour they could give to these two is for them to cut of their dreadlocks.
But the families of the Rastafarian students says it is not fair and they also believe that this is “human rights abuse” and therefore want to sue the school in the law Court for legal legitimacy to decide.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) had earlier on directed the Achimota school to admitting the two students but later retreated from their decision.
“The GES and the headmistress of the Achimota School came together and said my son cuts his hair. That is the position both of them took,” Ras Nkrabea said.
He also said that before he proceed to the Court, he would find another school until the matter was settled.
“The next step is to take it to court and there’s no question about that. We are trying to find another school now for him,” he said, adding that “I was shocked at the decision of the GES today after last Friday’s directive.”
The Ghana Education Service (GES) had also said that they believe in education for all irrespective of background.
“but as far as our mandate is concerned as a public school, all Ghanaian children of school age irrespective of their tribe, gender, disability and religion are provided with quality education,” GES stated.
Meanwhile Ras Nkrabea, father of one of the students said he still holds on to seeking justification from the lawsuit even after the involvement of the Ghana Education Service.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Achimota school’ management had earlier on rejected the directive of the GES which many thought was “unnecessary” while other believe was to the right direction as the school was protecting it image through the enforcement of its rules and regulations in the admission of students.
But one thing is confusing here, have you thought of it yet?
The students seemed to have access the school earlier on for prospectus which was given to them and they were prepared to go to the school only to meet this “controversy”.
Could it has also been that they didn’t went for the prospectus themselves? But yet still I believe the rules of the school should have being stated for all to see so as to avoid things like this.
I personally believe that the school should have made its “special” rule regarding not admitting Rastafarians, clear to the public so that no Rastafarian would have ever opt for admission in the school, and I believe that too could have help avoid this issue.
That also notwithstanding, it is the school’s legitimate responsibility and right to set rules and regulations to govern its administration aside the general rules from Ghana Education Service (GES) to all schools.
The National Association of Graduate Teachers(NAGRAT), did also intervene, backing the Achimota school for taking such a bold decision. They(NAGRAT) believed that the school did nothing wrong but only spelt out the rules and regulations of the school to the families of the victims.
“We expect that if you want to be in that school, you obey the rules and regulations. The rules and regulations of an institution are not chosen and picked by individuals, they become standard and ought to be obeyed by anyone who wants to access the school,” Mr Carbonu said earlier.
ACHIMOTA SCHOOL HEADMISTRESS CAN BE DISMISSED.
A former Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Charles Aheto-Tsegah believes that the headmistress of the Achimota school can be sack by the Ghana Education Service (GES) for behaving is such manner.
“This specific order is not in the schools regulations. Achimota School is not a private school it is a public school. The Ghana education service admits children into schools and not the specific school,” Mr Aheto said.
“If you as a school decides to do something that is not in line with the national ethics at this time, the Ghana Education Service for that matter has every right to sack you. The school belongs to the state, the state is represented by the Ghana Education Service and that is it. So that talks about the GES cannot tell us anything who told them the GES cannot,” he added.
“ If the Director General issues a directive how would you say that you will not obey? So the Headmistress or the Head of the school is not interested in continuing in that position as head of that school. Because if I give you instructions and you say you will not do it, it leaves me no option but to say thank you I don’t think you are the right person I put in this school and we wait for the old students to come and make their noise. It’s about governance efficiency and discipline. They are talking about discipline and you are telling the Director General you will not obey instructions? So should the parents obey you? ” he said while concluding.
Now who is right, Achimota school or the Rastafarians?
Achimota school claims to be protecting the rules and regulations of the school whiles the Rastafarians believe it is “against human rights” for their wards to be denied admission into their merited school.
Who is right? : Achimota School or Rastafarians. “Headmistress of Achimota School can be sacked”