Ras Mubarak

Former National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, has called out authorities at Achimota Senior High School (SHS) after news went viral that Rastafarian students have allegedly been denied admission due to their dreadlocks.

According to the politician, the constitution forbids such treatments, hence it would be apt if the decision is reversed immediately.

Taking to social media to register his assertion, part of Mr Mubarak’s statement said:

Not accepting them into the school because of their dreadlocks is degrading treatment which is frowned upon under article 28(3).

The school may have its rules, but those rules, and all other rules and laws are subservient to the constitution of Ghana. The supreme law of the land is the constitution.

Earlier, one Ras Aswad Nkrabeah alleged that his son and others with dreadlocks were denied admission at the Achimota SHS.

Ras Aswad Nkrabeah and his son

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Achimota SHS reportedly refuses SHS student with dreadlocks
Achimota SHS reportedly refuses SHS student with dreadlocks

This morning, the school authorities of Achimota School claimed that their rules do not allow students with dreadlocks to be admitted. The school authorities denied two brilliant dreadlock students from being admitted after having been posted there by the Computer School Placement System.

My son was one of the affected children and the other student was also refused on the same grounds. We have no option but to battle against this gross human right violation, he said.

Read his full post below:

Two brilliant Ghanaian students, I’m told, have had their admission into the prestigious Achimota School withdrawn….

Posted by Ras Mubarak on Friday, March 19, 2021

Two brilliant students, I’m told have been denied admission into the prestigious Achimota School. Their crime? They have dreadlocks.

The provisions of our constitution are clear. No child shall be deprived by any other person of medical treatment, EDUCATION or any other social or economic benefit by reason only of religious or other beliefs.

What authorities in Achimota school have done constitutes a breach of articles 21(1)(c), 25(1), 26(1) 28(3) and 28(4) of our constitution.

They have humiliated those kids on the basis of the kids’ Rasta culture.

Not accepting them into the school because of their dreadlocks is degrading treatment which is frowned upon under article 28(3).

The school may have its rules, but those rules, and all other rules and laws are subservient to the constitution of Ghana. The supreme law of the land is the constitution.

I hope the decision would be reversed in the overall best interest of the school and the affected children.

RAS MUBARAK