Mr George Tetteh Wayoe Ghanamannti, the lawyer for the Rastafarian students, Tyrone Marhguy and Oheneba Nkrabea says the decision by the Achimota School to file an appeal against the court ruling which directed it to admit the two Rastafarians is intended to delay the education of the students.
According to Mr Wayo, he believes that it is not entirely a surprise, but the surprise is that the board is insisting that the time tested rules of the school has been challenged and they say they disagree.
He also mentioned that they have a right to appeal but because what they are probing to do is to unduly delay the school of these little boys; something he is undoubtedly convinced that the board would not have done if it were their children or grandchildren involved.
Oheneba Nkrabea, one of the Rastafarian students
“The court judgement was clear and straight to the point,” he told the media on Tuesday.
He however noted the two students will report to school today to begin their admission processes.
“As things stand now, they were to report to school immediately after the ruling but they could not, so we have decided they will report on Wednesday (today)”.
In a statement, the Achimota School after the landmark ruling which has been hailed by the
majority of Ghanaians stated said it has directed its lawyers to appeal the decision.
The school board stated that it disagrees with the ruling of the Court and will call against it.
Interestingly, other Education Unions like The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) and The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) have also waded into the conversation asking Achimota School to obey the ruling from the Accra High Court.
GNAT’s General Secretary, Mr Thomas Musa, has also indicated that the ruling has a very little propensity to affect the relationship between students and teachers if it is handled in the proper way.
Achimota SHS appeals Judgement
An Accra High Court on Monday, May 31, 2021 delivered its ruling regarding the denial of two Rastafarian boys; Tyrone Marhguy and Oheneba Nkrabea admission to Achimota School because they failed to cut their dreadlocks.
Justice Gifty Adjei Addo, the Presiding Judge, disagreed with the submissions of the Attorney General and granted all the reliefs separately sought by the embattled students except the relief of compensation in the case of Tyrone Marhguy.