The Minister in charge of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has described the governing board of Motown decision to appeal against a court judgment over the admission of two dreadlocked students it rejected on March 19 as unilateral.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum comment comes after the governing board of the Achimota School barely 24 hours after an Accra High Court ruled for the two Rastafarian students to get admission said it will appeal against the ruling.
“The School Board disagrees with the ruling of the Court, the Board has therefore directed its lawyers to appeal against the Human Rights Court order,” the Motown board stated in a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh.
Speaking in an interview monitored by EducationWeb, the Education Minister said the Attorney General representing the Ministry of Education only has the jurisdiction to appeal against the Human Rights Court order and not the school board.
“I will tomorrow meet with the Headmistress of Achimota School together with the board chairman of the school, I am very surprised, the school cannot take that unilateral decision to appeal the ruling, the Motown decision is one-sided” Dr Adutwum stated.
According to the teaching Minister, he is waiting for the full briefing and interpretation of the ruling from the Attorney General after which he on the advice of the Attorney will make a decision whether to appeal the case or not.
“I am taking a serious interest in this case, so the Attorney General will review the certified judgement of the court and the decision will be made,” the Minister of Education told the host of Good Evening Ghana, Paul Adom Okyere.
The Educationist has asked the Management and the board of governors the Accra-based Achimota School to relax as the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) take control of the High court ruling.