A private legal practitioner and second Vice Chairman of New Patriotic Party in Bono East region, Lawyer Nana Sekyere Boateng has said the case between the Rastafarian boys and Achimota School was “too plain” for a court dispute.
The two boys, Tyrone Marhguy and Oheneba Nkrabea, had been denied admission into the school for refusing to cut off their dreadlocks which is in conformity with their Rastafarian religion.
The Private Legal Practitioner, Nana Sekyere Boateng, told classic FM after the Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court in Accra ordered Achimota School to admit the boys, argued that the “constitution is clear in Article 28 and 21 that you don’t use somebody’s religion to discriminate against the person. Article 21 is clear that there is freedom of religion.”
He added that “for the avoidance of doubt, Article 28 makes it clearer that don’t deprive a child of education, medical treatment or any social or economic benefit on grounds of the religion of the child.”
Nana Boateng commended the High Court for ruling in favour of the Rastafarian boys, stating that “it is good that the judge has upheld the law.”
On the issue of uniformity in schools, Nana Boateng said “the law for good reasons has made a religious exception.”
Nana Sekyere Boateng said the Rastafarian boys’ case against Achimota was solely on religious grounds.