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Judgement: Achimota vs. Rasta students’ case

Judgement: Achimota vs. Rasta students’ case

On Monday, May 31, 2021, the Accra High Court issued its decision regarding the denial of admission to Achimota School for two Rastafarian boys, Tyrone Marhguy and Oheneba Nkrabea, because they did not cut their dreadlocks.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Gifty Adjei Addo, disagreed with the Attorney General’s submissions and granted all of the reliefs sought separately by the embattled students except compensation in the case of Tyrone Marhguy.

According to Justice Addo, the Attorney General’s suggestion that the two were not students in the first place is absurd.

Justice Gifty Adjei Addo consequently directed Achimota School to admit the two Rastafarian students.


Both students were denied admission to the school two months ago because of their hairstyle, which they attributed to their Rastafarian religious beliefs.

Also read: Achimota School reverses its decision to stop admitting rasta boys

The school’s only condition for admitting the duo was that they cut their dreadlocks, which they [students] refused to do after being placed in the school through the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

No amount of criticism from Ghanaians, civil society organizations, and human rights activists forced Achimota School to reverse its decision.

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