Rastafarian saga: We’ll appeal high court ruling, says Achimota School

Tyron Iras Marhguy, a Rastafarian student, on Monday (31 May) secured a court judgment to gain admission to Achimota School

The governing board of Achimota School says that it will appeal against a ruling by the Human Rights Court in Accra which ordered officials of the school to admit a young Rastafarian student, Tyron Iras Marhguy.

In a statement issued on Tuesday (1 June) the board said that “the School Board disagrees with the ruling of the court”.

“The School Board has therefore directed its lawyers to appeal against the ruling,” the statement added.

Read the full statement below:

Achimota School

Court ruling

On 31 May the Human Rights Court in Accra ordered officials of Achimota School to admit one of the Rastafarian students, Tyron Iras Marhguy.

Marhguy, who was denied admission together with one other Rastafarian student, sued the school to affirm his fundamental human rights.

He said he was being denied admission to Achimota because of his dreadlocks.

In granting the application, the court held that Achimota School’s refusal to admit Marhguy on the grounds that he was wearing dreadlocks amounted to a breach of his fundamental human rights and his right to education.

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