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NAGRAT states position on Achimota School vs Rastafarian students’ case; calls out GES

Angel Carbonu The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), has clearly stated the association’s stance on the widespread debate on the denial of admission to students wearing dreadlocks to Achimota School.

Addressing the matter at a press conference in Accra on Monday, Mr Carbonu declared that, they do not agree with the directive by GES to authorities of Achimota School to reinstate the students who were denied admission over their hairstyle.

“We are by this press conference calling on Ghana Education Service, GES, to redirect the heads of Achimota School to call for absolute conformity to rules and regulation in their institution,” Mr Carbonu averred.

In furtherance of his argument on the essence of compliance to rules and regulations in schools, the president of the governing body of teachers in Ghana indicated that academic institutions like any other organized establishment are guided by rules and regulations.

He argued that every school has their rules and regulations that is binding on whoever chooses to apply for that institution.

“Conformity, uniformity and obedience to rules and regulations is important to manage thousands of children from different backgrounds and behaviors. Otherwise, there would be total chaos and indiscipline in schools,” he observed.

Mr Carbonu stated that the school is not a space for people to showcase, hairstyles and religious variances and hence GES has no locus to order the authorities of Achimota Schools to admit students whose hairstyles goes against uniform, rules and regulations of the school.

“For the Human Rights activists, and parents who are threatening to sue the school, we want to state here and clearly that, their threats are welcomed. We will rally solidly behind any school or teacher who will be targeted on these lines. We will expand the argument to address disciplinary measures that governs educational institutions in this country and we shall not relent on actions that would lead to chaos and indiscipline in our schools,” he submitted.

Angel Carbonu, referred to a similar case in Jamaica, noting that in their case, the court ruled that a child cannot attend school in dreadlocks against the rules of the school as he is considered a minor and ought to obey rules of the institution mandated to shape their lives within academia.

He also advised parents to do due diligence to study the prospectus and rules of the schools their wards choose to ascertain whether they can obey them before applying to be considered.

Mr Carbonu reiterated his call to GES to redirect Achimota School heads masters to apply their rules and regulations fully to instill discipline in students.

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