Brilliant Young Boy With Dreadlocks Allegedly Denied Admission By Achimota School – Frustrated Father Tells Full Story

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Ras Aswad Nkrabeah, who happens to be the father of a young man who has been placed at Achimota School by the Computerized School Placement System has taken to Facebook to bitterly complain about the treatment the school has meted out to him.

According to his post seen by, the school has allegedly denied his brilliant soon admission simply because he has dreadlocks.

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He also disclosed in the post on his Facebook page that apart from his son, another child was denied admission into the prestigious public school by authorities of the school for the same reason.

Ras Aswad Nkrabeah adds that this is very shockingly and frustrating because the 1992 constitution of Ghana allows people like his son to have that freedom of association with regards to culture.

His full post reads:

“Fellow Comrades and Friends,

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.

As a child he has every right to his culture in so far as such culture do not breach the 1992 Constitution. He equally deserves the right to access education within his culture just like other cultural believers. As a Rastafarian, I think that dreadlocks do no way cause any harm which should even be a basis to be asserted by the school authorities.

The fundamental questions to ask is what does our law say about right to one’s culture? Do you deny a child access to education based on his/her culture? Do public school rules override the supreme law of the land?

Tomorrow I will be on TV3 to share some light. Will give update on time.

Thank you for the Solidarity. Ras Aswad Nkrabeah”

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