Achimota Senior High School Sued Over Refusal To Admit Rastafarian Student
Management of Achimota Senior High school is facing a lawsuit over their refusal to admit two Rastafarian students.
One of the students, Tyron Iras Marhguy has filed a suit at the High Court (Human Rights Division) to enforce his fundamental Human Rights.
The applicant is asking the court to “declare that the failure and or refusal of the 1st Respondent (Achimota School Board of Governors) to admit or enroll the Applicant on the basis of his Rastafarian religious inclination, beliefs and culture characterized by his keeping of Rasta is a violation of his fundamental human rights and freedoms guaranteed under the 1992 constitution particularly Articles 12(1), 23, 21(1)(b)(c)”.
Management of the school have justified the decision, claiming it is against the rules of the school to admit students with dreadlocks.
Tyrone Marhguy together with another student has been denied admission to the Achimota School over his failure to trim his dreadlocks.
The decision by Achimota school has generated immense public outcry, especially on social media, with many questioning school authorities over the decision, while others defended the move.
In the suit, the plaintiff argued the denial of admission is a “violation of his (Tyrone Iras Marhguy’s)right to dignity”. The document continues that “…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 application is seeking “an order directed at [Achimota School] to immediately admit or enroll the applicant to continue with his education unhindered.”
The plaintiff is also seeking compensation for the “inconvenience, embarrassment, waste of time, and violation of his fundamental human rights and freedoms”.