The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has locked horns with the Ghana Education Service over the directive to Achimota School to admit dreadlocks students who were earlier denied admission by the school.
The president of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu in an interview intercepted by Coverghana.com.gh says, they are disappointed at the Ghana Education Service (GES) for directing two dreadlocks or Rastafarian students to be admitted into the Achimota School.
On 19th March, 2021, the father of on dreadlocks or Rastafarian Raswad menkrabea announced on social media that, the authorities of the prestigious Achimota School has denied his son admission into the school despite he was placed there.
But, Mr. Angel Carbonu believes that, the authorities of the school has not erred in their decision to denied the students admission but rather disappointed in GES counter directives contrary to the school’s rules and regulations.
“I disagree with it. I am surprised and very disappointed that the Ghana Education Service bent the rules for these Rastafarians. When the Ghana Education Service begins to make these exceptions, they create chaotic situations in the school for we the teachers to manage. If you stretch the frontiers of this, you will have problems so they didn’t have to limit it to only Rastafarians,” Angel Carbonu said on the Big Issue witnessed by Coverghana.com.gh
“I disagree with it. I am very disappointed in the management of the GES and I disagree with the directive to the school. The students were in the first place not denied admission. What the school authorities just said as a student of the school you can’t have this hair so cut it”, Angel Carbonu added.
In a statement, the father of the son Ras Aswad Nkrabeah narrating the issue said;
Fellow Comrades and Friends,
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 do 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 questions to ask is what does our law say about 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 update on time.
Thank you for the Solidarity.
Ras Aswad Nkrabeah