The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram says it is unlawful for the authorities at Achimota School to deny enrolment to some two Rastafarian students.
Sam Nartey George, in his submission on the Floor of the House, said that article 17 (2) of the 1992 Constitution stands against discrimination of any sort, as such the Achimota School must submit to the dictates of the law and enroll the two students with dreadlocks.“Mr Speaker, the Constitution in Article 17 (2) is clear that nobody shall be discriminated against on any grounds. Why is he carrying dreadlocks? Is it a fashion statement or is as a result of a religious belief? Our understanding is that it is a result of a religious belief.
“Are we then going to say that the rules and regulations of Achimota School supersede the 1992 constitution? We cannot accept this Mr Speaker,” he stated.
His concerns follow the decision by the administrator of the Achimota School and the Ghana Education Service to deny two students – Tyron Marghuy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea – admission because of their dreadlocks.
“It is this kind of discrimination and I call it discrimination because the same Achimota School has Caucasian white girls carrying long hair which is against the rules and regulations of Achimota school. So we need to ask ourselves ‘is it because this young man is a Ghanaian whose father or mother may not be ‘somebody’ in our society?
“Is that why he is being treated that way? While in that same school, you have foreign students, non-Ghanaians, Caucasians also carrying long hair in the same school. So where were Achimota’s rules and regulations when the foreign students were allowed to carry long hair?” he quizzed.
According to him, it came as a surprise to him when he heard that the students had been rejected on account of their hair as it has no bearing on their contribution to society.
“Mr Speaker, the question we should ask ourselves is ‘are we more interested as a country about the knowledge we impart into young men and women who will form the next generation of leaders or what they carry on their heads’?”