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Ghana: Rastafarian Student Denied Admission Into SHS In Accra Because Of Her Dreadlocks

A young lady believed to have gained admission into Accra Girls Senior High School has been denied acceptance into the institution because she is a Rastafarian with dreadlocks.

Student with dreadlocks faces possible exclusion from Free SHS enrollment

Speaking in a phone interview with the Adom FM, the father of the young Rastafarian was ‘up in arms’ questioning the decision of the school in denying her young daughter who had been admitted on the Free SHS program to study Science.

The Rastafarian father explained that they had been informed by one teacher of the decision of the school not to accept the lady. The father the young girl however indicated that he had been in the school to meet the Headmistress of the school to discuss the situation.

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He added that the Headmistress had been ‘locked up’ in her office since yesterday and refusing to meet with him to discuss his daughter’s ‘plight’. He further revealed that according to the Rastafarian religion, the dreadlocks that they sported was not to be cut and he was not going to make his daughter’s case an exception.

He said that they would consider wrapping the hair or keep it tucked away but his daughter deserved the right to education like any other child from the other religions.

He stood his ground on the dreadlocks and insinuated that the decision that wanted to be taken by the school was a result of sheer ignorance about Rastafarianism.

Bearing any challenges with admissions, the National Secretary of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), Mr Samuel Gyebi Yeboah has entreated head teachers of the various Public Senior high Schools to offer Rastafarian students admission.

He also mentioned that parents whose wards were being denied admission for any reason should direct their concerns to the Ghana Education Service (GES).

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Written by How Africa

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