The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court Monday after Achimota High School rejected a GES directive to admit two rasta students it denied admission amid their long hair ordered the Management of Motown to enrol the dreadlocked students in the school.
The ruling comes after the rasta students separately filed a lawsuit against Authorities of the Accra-based Senior High School for violating their human rights by discriminating against them because of the nature of their hair.
On the part of the school, the Motown Headmistress said the two students hairstyle goes against the Ghana Education Service (GES) code of conduct and also the rules of the Achimota School.
But, the court presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo Monday, May 31, 2021, ruled that the fundamental human rights of two Rastafarian students cannot be limited by the rules in question, hence they should be admitted.
Here are excerpts from the Achimota School judgement sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh;
1. This ordeal the Applicant was subjected to by isolating him from the other students, in my view, constituted an embarrassment and caused much inconvenience to the Applicant.
2. His sin was his insistence to hold on to his religion and the manifestation thereof. The conduct of the 1st Respondent (Achimota) in the treatment of the Applicant, does not accord administrative prudence and fairness.
3. Article 23 of the 1992 constitution states that: Administrative bodies and administrative officials shall act fairly and reasonably and comply with the requirements imposed on them by law and persons aggrieved by the exercise of such acts and decisions shall have the right to seek redress before a court or other tribunal.
4. Under our current constitution, administrative justice is a human right. Persons wielding administrative authority must exercise the same in tune with the law. The 1st respondent (Achimota) failed to properly act in tune with the dictates of administrative justice by refusing to accept the Applicant’s acceptance form and enrol him, simply because he stood by manifestation of his religion.