The 1992 constitution of Ghana states under Article (28)(4) that
“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”
Today, March 19, 2021 the former Member of Parliament for Kumbungu constituency, Ras Mubarak, has challenged the “alleged” decision taken by the authority of Achimota School to deny the admission of two female students on the basis of their dreadlocks.
According to the former Reggae music Presenter at Ghana Broadcast Corporation (GBC), the institution, Achimota School, has violated Article; 21(1)(c), 25(1), 26(1) 28(3) and 28(4) of the constitution of Ghana.
Article (26)(1) states that
“Every person is entitled to enjoy, practise, profess, maintain and promote any culture, language, tradition or religion subject to the provisions of this Constitution.”
In addition, the constitution has clearly stated in Article (51)(1) that
“All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to achieving the full realisation of that right.
Therefore, the decision by the authorities of Achimota School has subjected the girls to public humiliation and denigration of their womanhood.
“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)”, he said.
In conclusion, Ras Mubarak calls for the reversion of the decision by the school authorities for the benefit of all.
Below are other Articles Ras Mubarak stated in his Facebook post.
“All person shall have the right to freedom to practise any religion and to manifest such practice”
“A child shall not be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”