The High Court’s Human Rights Court 1 Division has ordered the Achimota school to admit the two Rastafarian students at the center of the school admissions controversy.
The court presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo, ruled that the rules in question cannot limit the fundamental human rights of two students.
Tyrone Marhguy and Oheneba Kweku Nkrabea filed a lawsuit against Achimota School for denying them admission due to their dreadlocks.
The applicants ask the court to declare that the school’s failure or refusal to admit or enroll them based on their Rastafarian religious inclination, beliefs, and culture, as manifested by their dreadlocks, is a violation of their fundamental human rights and freedoms guaranteed under the 1992 Constitution, specifically Articles 12(1); 23; 21(1)(b)(c); 26(1)); and 17( (3).
They want the court to order Achimota School to admit them despite their fears.
Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea had previously taken Achimota School, the Board of Governors of Achimota School, the Ghana Education Service, the Ministry of Education, and the Attorney General to court, requesting that the Human Rights Division of the High Court compel Achimota School to admit him for his education.
He also requests that the court prohibit the school from ever discriminating against him based on his religion or creed.
Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea asked the court to make “a declaration that requiring Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, a child and adherent of the Rastafari religion and creed, to either cut his hair or forfeit admission into Achimota School, a public senior high school, is a violation of his rights to dignity…contrary to articles 15 and 28(3) of the Constitution, 1992 and section 13 of the Chilcotin Charter.”
Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea’s suit follows that of Tyron Marhguy, another Rastafarian who was denied admission to the school.