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We can’t admit Rastafarians – Achimota school to GES

Achimota School has rejected a directive by the Ghana Education Service to admit two Rastafarian students.

Headmistress of the school after a crunch meeting on Monday with the regional director of education and the GES stated that the school will not compromise on its school rules and will only admit the students if they take off their dreadlocks.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) over the weekend directed the headmistress of Achimota School to admit the two teenage students whose admissions were withdrawn due to their dreadlocks.

The directive followed an intense and sustained online protest against the decision of the Achimota school authorities.

But EIB’s Fritz Ameghashie reports that after the meeting on Monday, the Headmistress of Achimota school stated that either the parents compromise on their religious beliefs and allow their children to take off the deadlocks or the students will be refused admission to the school.

This comes on the heels of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) demand for the immediate reversal of the directive from the Ghana Education Service.

According to the NAGRAT, the directive was a threat to conformity and discipline in schools adding that “conformity is part of training”.

“When you go to any senior high school everything that is done is aimed at ensuring discipline. NAGRAT disagrees totally with the position of GES and we are calling on the Ghana Education Service to redirect the headmistress and the staff of Achimota Senior High School to ensure that the rules and regulations of the school and indeed any other school is abided by every student.

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