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Rastafarian Saga: Court ruling means students can now walk barefooted, dress anyhow to school – NAGRAT

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has bemoaned the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Rastafarian students in their case against the Achimota School.

The President of NAGRAT, Angel Cabornu, believes the ruling has truncated character formation in schools.

This comes after Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court on Monday ordered the Achimota School to admit the two dreadlocked students.

The court ordered the school to admit both Oheneba Nkrabea and Tyrone Marhguy, who had dragged the school to court after being rejected over their hairdo.

Reacting to this, Mr. Cabornu said the ruling by the court means students can now dress anyhow to school, including wearing caps to classes.

He, however, added that all schools across the country will respect the court ruling despite their concerns.

“What the judgement means is that the Rasta students and all other students can dress anyway and go to school, and we teachers do not have to waste our time and energy talking about character formation. We thank the court for making our work easy,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

“Someone wears rasta, you should also be able to wear your cap or hat. Really, we do not care about that in any way.

“We do not care about character formation because our professional understanding of character formation has been truncated by a court ruling and you want us to care. We are going to obey the court ruling.”

Background

It will be recalled that, in March, the Achimota School was in the news after the school denied admission to two male students who wore dreadlocks.

Ras Aswad Nkrabeah, a father of one of the teenagers with dreadlocks, took to Facebook to reveal his plight at the school’s decision.

His rants soon attracted national attention, with several Ghanaians expressing their outrage at the school’s decision.

However, the Achimota School refused to admit students despite an extensive meeting between management, officials of GES and the parents of the two boys.

The case ended up in court, with the two students seeking the court to compel the school to admit them.

Following the latest ruling, several Ghanaians have expressed their views on the court’s decision in favour of the Rastafarian students.

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