Sam George, Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram has emphatically stated that repudiating Rastafarian students is unlawful and that the school rules of Achimota SHS isn’t bigger than the constitution of Ghana.
He made this assertion during his submission in parliament emphasizing the fact that the two Rastafarians haven’t done anything wrong and that the Achimota school must conform to laws as stated in the 1992 constitution of Ghana.
“Mr Speaker, the Constitution in Article 17 (2) is clear that nobody shall be discriminated against on any grounds. Why is he carrying dreadlocks? Is it a fashion statement or is as a result of a religious belief? Our understanding is that it is a result of a religious belief.
“Are we then going to say that the rules and regulations of Achimota School supersede the 1992 constitution? We cannot accept this Mr Speaker,” he stated.
His concerns follow the decision by the administrator of the Achimota School and the Ghana Education Service to deny two students, Tyron Marghuy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, admission because of their dreadlocks.
“It is this kind of discrimination and I call it discrimination because the same Achimota School has Caucasian white girls carrying long hair which is against the rules and regulations of Achimota school. So we need to ask ourselves ‘is it because this young man is a Ghanaian whose father or mother may not be ‘somebody’ in our society?
“Is that why he is being treated that way? While in that same school, you have foreign students, non-Ghanaians, Caucasians also carrying long hair in the same school. So where were Achimota’s rules and regulations when the foreign students were allowed to carry long hair?” he quizzed.
According to him, it came as a surprise to him when he heard that the students had been rejected on account of their hair as it has no bearing on their contribution to society.
“Mr Speaker, the question we should ask ourselves is ‘are we more interested as a country about the knowledge we impart into young men and women who will form the next generation of leaders or what they carry on their heads?”
“Mr Speaker is there any scientific proof to show carrying your hair low is correspondent to being a responsible citizen?
“Listening to one of the students in question, it is shocking that any school would want to deprive such an intelligent young man of the opportunity to further his education,” he further stated.
In conclusion, Hon. Sam George, recommended that the debate on the subject be expanded to enable the nation to reconsider some of the “colonial thinking and mentality” imposed on Ghanaians in other sectors of the country.
“The headmistress herself is wearing an artificial wig but we think that it is wrong for someone to carry dreadlocks. So, Mr Speaker, it must ignite a new and larger debate in this country. We are stuck in our colonial thinking and mentality that is why you still have respectfully, our judges of the Supreme Court and lawyers having to appear wearing horse wigs which are a relic of the colonial past,” he averred.
Source: Mybrytfmonline/Joseph Asare