- The Education Minister has finally broken his silence on the ongoing debate on the students with dreadlocks
- Dr. Yaw Osei Aduwtum declined to speak on the issue at hand into detail - He simply said Ghanaians are wasting precious time discussing hair-related issues
The Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Aduwtum, has finally broken his silence on the ongoing debate about the refusal of the Achimota School to admit students with dreadlocks.
In a report carried by 3news, when asked his opinion on the ongoing debate of the two Rastafarian students, the minister declined to speak on the issue at hand into detail. According to him, Ghanaians are wasting precious time discussing hair-related issues instead of discussing STEM.
"...when people are busy researching how to go to Mars, we are wasting precious time on hair discussion,” he said.
Most Ghanaians have been looking forward to the biggest stakeholder in Education in the country after several educational stakeholders do not seem to be doing anything in favour of Tyrone Iras Marghuy and Oheneba Nkrabea who were both denied admission to Achimota School.
After the school denied them admission on Thursday, March 18, 2021, one of the parents of the affected Rastafarian students took to social media to vent
The Ghana Education Service intervened and directed the Achimota School to admit both Tyrone and Oheneba.
Interestingly, the GES made a U-turn on the directive they gave as the headmistress of the Achimota School with support from the old student association and the Parent-Teacher Association(PTA).
In response to the hard-heartedness of the Achimota school headmistress, the former director-general of the GES, Charles Aheto-Tsegah said the headmistress of the school could lose her job. According to him, the school rules are not in any way above the rules of the GES or the laws enshrined in the 1992 constitution.
The president of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu also came out strong at the Rastafarian community and parents of the two students.
According to him, school rules are rules and therefore cannot be bent for anyone who could not conform He added that if the Rasta parents do not want their wards to cut their hair before being admitted, then the Rastafarian community should set up their own schools.
In a related story, a gentleman identified as Lord N.A Quaye who was allowed to attend high school at Accra Academy despite his dreadlocks is now championing movements to impact lives positively in Ghana.
In posts sighted by YEN.com.gh on his Twitter handle, @LordnQuaye, the gentleman is seen on different occasions speaking to masses and engaging with high-level personalities in Ghana. Lord Quaye also works as a youth advocate, the Chief Executive Officer of the Quaye Foundation, Executive Director at Capgrove Group, and a Business Manager at Socialville