Rejected Rastafarian student sues Achimota School management
Rastafarian student sues Achimota School: One of the students allegedly refused admission at Achimota School on the basis of having dreadlocks due to his Rastafarian belief, has sued the governing board of the school and the Attorney General.
According to the motion filed through his father Tereo Kwame Marhguy at the Human Rights division of the High Court, Tyron Iras Marhguy (Student applicant) said the decision of Achimota School denying him admission as a result of his hairstyle is a clear violation of his Constitutional right to education guaranteed under Article 25 (1)b, and 28 (4) of the 1992 Constitution.
“There is no lawful basis for [Achimota School] to interfere with the applicant’s right to education based on his rasta through which he manifests or expresses his constitutionally guaranteed right to religion and to practice and manifest same,” the suit said.
The family wants “an order directed at [Achimota School] to immediately admit or enrol the applicant to continue with his education unhindered.”
Affidavit in support
According to the father of the applicant, his son “duly complied with the school selection and examination registration processes. The Applicant at all material times was a Rastafarian by religion and that Rastafarianism is a religious movement, began in Jamaica in the 1930s and adopted by many groups around the globe, that combines protestant Christianity, mysticism and a pan-African political consciousness.”
“A key tenet of Rastafarianism is the wearing of dreadlocks, which is drawn from the Nazarite vow in the Old Testament of the Bible. In particular, at Numbers 6:5, where it is said “All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.”
The affidavit further states “the Applicant has therefore worn his hair in dreadlocks throughout his studies at the Junior High School, where he excelled academically, was a model student, and was made Senior Prefect. The dreadlocks have caused no problems for him, his mates, his teachers, or the schools.”
The 58 paragraph affidavit further notes that “the Applicant’s colleagues who were admitted into the School by virtue the CSSPS placement have commenced classes whiles he is discriminatorily denied same right to education in the School and he is currently at home simply because of his expression of his religious faith, without injury to any other person. The Applicant has always been of good behaviour in his former schools and would continue to do so. And that in a recent media reportage carried out by Citi TV about the Applicant in his former school, his former teachers and school mates attested to his positive behavior and expressed their shock about the discrimination being meted against him”.
“The Applicant believes that unless this Honourable court intervenes, the 1st Respondent, its officials, teachers, and other authorities will continue to violate his fundamental and constitutionally guaranteed rights to education, religion, administrative justice, and right against discrimination. I am informed by Counsel and respectfully concur with that advice that upon a breach of the Applicant’s fundamental human rights, he is entitled to seek redress before this Honourable Court” the affidavit stated.
According to the motion filed at the Human Rights division of the High Court, dated the 31st of March 2021, Tyron Iras Marhguy (Student Applicant) suing by the Next Friend and father, says the decision of Achimota school not to admit him because of his hair style is a violation of his Constitutional right to education guaranteed under Article 25 (1)b, and 28 (4) of the 1992 Constitution.
Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana with enviable academic reputation
Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana with enviable academic reputation
Top 4 Senior Highs Schools in Ghana: The competition among senior high schools in Ghana is one of the fierce thugs in the country’s educational landscape.
Ghanaians are so much concerned about their high schools. The grading of high schools into categories by the Ghana Education Service set them apart based on the academic, and resource endowments. These categories are; Category A, B, C, and D with Category A schools being the top schools with more resources and the highest number of graduates landing in the top public universities in the country. Category D schools are those considered to be less privileged
It is every parent’s dream to see their wards have their high school education in one of the category A schools.
To provide clarity and motivation to other schools to work hard academically in order to become part of the top ranking senior high schools in the country, we have made a selection the top four senior high schools with an enviable academic reputation. These include:
1. Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC-Legon)
The six times winner of the National Science and Maths Quiz has a lengthy academic achievements which spans from the 90’s to date. PRESEC has produced notable personalities in the country such as Professor Ernest Aryeetey former Vice-Chancelor of University of Ghana, Professor Aaron Mike-Oquaye former speaker of Ghana’s parliament, Kwaku Sintim-Misa an actor and a political satirist, Lucy Quist first Ghanaian woman to become CEO of a multinational company, and many others.
2. Prempeh College
Prempeh College located in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region is undoubtedly one of the best high schools in the country. The three times winner of National Robotics Championship has been a major contestor to PRESEC-Legon in National Science and Maths Quiz. Graduates of Prempeh have been topping the Admission list of Kwame Nkrumaha University of Science and Technology (KNUST) especially in the sciences.
3. Mfantsipim School
Still enjoying their past glories, Mfantsipim School which is affectionately called ‘The School’ by its old boys has been two times champions of the National Science and Maths Quiz. The school has produced important personalities in the country including Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata, Kwasi Twum of Multimed Group, Van Vicker, Hon. Joe Ghartey, and several other personsalities.
4. Bishop Herman College
Bishop Herman College a Catholic Mission school has been able to hold unto its past glories and continues to thrive in its academic achievements. Bishop Herman stands as the best performing school in the Volta Region according to WAEC rankings and their passion for science led them to win the maiden edition of the National Robotics Competition and two subsequent competitions. The school runs course in General Science, General Arts, Business, and Agriculture.
NAGRAT calls for up to 20% salary increment for workers
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is seeking an urgent increase in salaries by between 15 and 20 percent, for all government workers
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) is seeking an urgent increase in salaries by between 15 and 20 percent, for all government workers, especially teachers.
In an interview with Citi News ahead of the May Day celebrations, the President of the association, Angel Carbonu, said the increased cost of living necessitated the call for salary increments.
“A 15 to 20 percent increment in income will not be bad looking at the situation that confronts us as workers,” he said.
“When it comes to food items, our wives and our sisters and our mothers will tell you that prices of these commodities have all shot up in the market,” Angel Carbonu added. “The banks that we work with [have written] to us as an organisation amending the interest rates that we have agreed with them.”
Also, ahead of the May Day celebration, the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) reiterated concerns with the conditions of service of its members.
It highlighted the non-conclusion of negotiation on the conditions of service for the public universities, the 2021 minimum wage, and the failure of some directors to implement the reviewed conditions for GES staff.
Its grievances compelled it to go on strike in January.
TEWU said the strike was necessitated by the failure of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to conclude negotiation on their demand for better conditions of service.
The union in a statement said it was not “happy with the way some GES directors want to use rough tactics by holding on to the old conditions of service with the excuse that they do not have the hard copy of the review document though the soft copy is available.”
On the conditions of service used for workers in public universities, TEWU said “we hope to have a clear indication on the way forward when the national labour commission makes pronouncements on the issue”.
Upon further clarity, it expressed hope that “Government agencies concerned will respect the outcome to sustain industrial harmony in our tertiary institutions.”
Legon: National Service Personnel falls from 4th Floor of Sarbah Hall
The authorities of the University of Ghana have called for calm after a man believed to be a national service person, reportedly fell from the 4th floor of the Mensah Sarbah Hall to the ground.
He is reportedly receiving medical care at the Legon Hospital.
He is said to have fallen from the fourth floor of the Mensah Sarbah Hall Annex A at dawn on Friday, April 23, 2021.
The Dean of Students, Prof Godfred Bokpin has called for calm and said investigations were underway to establish what really happened and that the facts would be put out.
“What has happened has happened, but the issue is being investigated, the police, the hall authorities, we are all involved trying to get to the bottom of it, but whilst we are at that, we will urge every student to be calm and keep to their core activities…, and they should not feed into the rumor making rounds but very soon an official communication will be issued by the university.”
The victim, whom some have identified as Wahab Abdulai, is said to have slipped and fallen from the balcony.
He is expected to be transferred from the Legon Hospital to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for further treatment.
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