The alumni group of Achimota School says that a directive from the Ghana Education Service that it accepts two Rastafarian students into the school undermines the authority of the School’s governing board.
In a statement signed by its President, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, said that the action by GES is the ‘clearest example of significant breach in the formal arrangements from school governance and regulation
The Association says that it has written to the Director-General of the Ghana Education to rescind the directive and allow the School’s governing board to handle the matter
GES directed the School to accept the students after public outrage at the situation.
To bring finality to the matter, the Ghana Education Service held a meeting with parents of the students.
Also at the meeting was the Headmistress of the Achimota School.
After the meeting, lawyer for the Rastafarian Council, George Tettey Wayo, who was providing legal assistance to the affected families claimed that the GES backtracked its directive.
Mr. Wayo claimed that the GES said that its directive, which was published on various media platforms was just to “coil the public outburst and the media and that GES didn’t mean what they said”
He says that when the Achimota School Headmistress insisted on not admitting the students until they trim their hair, they received backing from the GES at the meeting.
“Achimota School’s Headmistress held the position that they would want the kids to cut off their dreadlocks before they can enter the school. GES supported the position of Achimota Headmistress…It was a façade to deceive the citizens of this country that GES is stepping in to restore peace, only to be told today that GES didn’t mean it. So the conclusion was that the kids have been admitted but they must cut their dreadlocks before they come,” he added.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has criticised GES for issuing the directive.
According to its President, Angel Carbonu, the directive from GES will create chaotic situations in schools.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com