Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Adutwum says the decision by the Board of Achimota School to appeal the High Court decision compelling it to admit two Rastafarian students is premature. According to him, any such decision without the approval of the Minister is unfortunate.

The High Court has ruled that the school’s decision not to enroll the student’s breaches their rights with the school.

In a sharp reaction, the Governing Board of the school through its Chairman, Professor Aryeetey announced its decision to appeal the ruling by the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, June 1. But speaking on Good evening Ghana on Tuesday, the Education Minister said he is yet to be fully briefed by the Attorney General

“I am waiting for the full briefing of the attorney general who I commend for going to court and taking a very serious interest in the case is taking”. Dr. Yaw Adutwum said after a full briefing from the Attorney General a decision will be made on the way forward.

He reaffirmed his position as Minister of Education. ” I am the Minister of Education and there is a Director-General of the Ghana Education Service and boards of High Schools are constituted by the Minister. Instructions for the running of the school are provided by the Director-General of Ghana Education Service”. He said

The Minister expressed surprise about the decision of the board to appeal the decision”. I was very surprised. He cannot take that unilateral decision, It is the Attorney General who will decide on the way forward”. He indicated his resolve to meet with the Board Chairman and Headmistress of Achimota today