The former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Kumbungu Constituency Hon. Ras Mubarak says the prestigious Achimota School has no right to deny brilliant student admission because he has dreadlocks.
He believes that, the provision of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana is explicitly clear that, no child who attain a school going age shall be deprived by any other person of medical treatment, EDUCATION or any other social or economic benefit by reason only of religious or other beliefs.
The former MP made the position of law known after the supposed father of the boy Ras Aswad Nkrabeah announced the news.
The former lawmaker has also outlined some constitutional provisions why the Achimota Senior High School can’t deny brilliant students admission because of dreadlocks
“Two brilliant Ghanaian students, I’m told, have had their admission into the prestigious Achimota School withdrawn. Their crime? They have dreadlocks.”
“The provisions of our constitution are clear. “No child shall be deprived by any other person of medical treatment, EDUCATION or any other social or economic benefit by reason only of religious or other beliefs.”
“What the authorities in Achimota school have done constitutes a breach of articles 21(1)(c), 25(1), 26(1) 28(3) and 28(4) of our constitution. They have humiliated those kids on the basis of the kids’ Rasta culture. Not accepting them into the school because of their dreadlocks is degrading treatment which is frowned upon under article 28(3).”
According to him, the school may have its rules, but those rules, and all other rules and laws are subservient to the constitution of Ghana. The supreme law of the land is the constitution.
“I hope the decision would be reversed, in the overall best interest of the school and the affected children.” He said.