The Coalition of Hair Advocates Ghana wants the Ghana Education Service (GES) to, with immediate effect, change its hair policy in schools.
They believe all children, regardless of their “hair type and belief system”, deserve equal access to education without prejudice or discrimination of any kind.
The Coalition is currently collecting signatures online to officially petition GES to “overturn this discriminatory hair policy once and for all.”
Their move comes after Achimota School denied admission to two first-year senior high school students for keeping a Rastafarian hairstyle known as “dreadlocks”.
Ghana Education Service directed the school to accept the two Rastafarian students after public outrage at the situation, a development the school’s Alumni group condemned.
The Coalition of Hair Advocates Ghana believes “this practice is one of the many discriminatory and racist cultural leftovers from the colonial era.”
“Many schools in Ghana have a discriminatory hair policy that demands that Black African children maintain shortly cropped hair while in school. This rule is not applied to their counterparts who come from other racial groups…
“For example, White, Indian, Chinese and Lebanese children in many schools in Ghana are allowed to maintain their hair (including long lengths) while Black African students are asked to continue to cut theirs very closely to their scalp,” they have stated.
Into the bargain, they think “colonialism should be over and we do not see why our own people continue to enforce laws that clearly harm and belittle us as equal human beings.“
The latest to join the raging debate is the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of the Achimota School.
The PTA has declared support to a decision by school authorities against admitting students with dreadlock hairstyles.
The Association, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Andre Kwasi-Kumah, said that the School was clear in its rules and regulations regarding the general appearance of its students, particularly relating to their hairstyle.
Story by: Christian Yalley | universnewsroom.com