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‘Chill’- Education Minister tells Achimota School Board over its decision to appeal Court ruling on Rastafarian students

The Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum has reacted to a statement by the governing board of Achimota Senior High School who have indicated that they have instructed their lawyers to appeal the court’s decision on the Rastafarian students.

According to the Minister who spoke on Metro TV’s Good evening Ghana, the board has no right to take such a decision without consulting his office because he’s the President appointee in the sector. He therefore told the board to ‘chill’.

The Education Minister said he is still waiting for a full briefing from the Attorney General to appreciate the court’s judgement. He said he would also take the AG’s advice on the next line of action.

He added he will be meeting with the headmistress and other stakeholders on Wednesday on the matter.

Oheneba Nkrabea and Tyrone Marhguy were denied admission by the Achimota School because of their dreadlocks but the students together with their parents took the issue to court and a verdict delivered on Monday May 31 instructed the school to accept the students.

The board however said it disagrees with the ruling of the court.

A statement issued on Tuesday June 1 said “The Governing Board of Achimota School was represented in court yesterday 31st May 201 and has learned from the outcome of the case brought against it by two persons who had earlier applied to be admitted to the school.

“The court ruled that the religious rights of the two applicants had been violated by the school management as they sought to enforce the time-tested and well-known rules of the school.

“The court further directed the school to admit the two applicants.

“The school board disagrees with the ruling of the court. The school board has therefore directed its lawyers to appeal against the ruling.”

But Dr. Adutwum in an interview on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana Tuesday evening said the board should ‘chill’.

The Education Minister said he is still waiting for a full briefing from the Attorney General to appreciate the court’s judgement. He said he would also take the AG’s advice on the next line of action.

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