Tuesday, 22 June

Rasta case: Achimota School withdraws stay of execution application

Education
Achimota School

Achimota School has withdrawn its stay of execution application in the case involving the second-cycle institution and two Rastafarian students.

The Board of Achimota School decided in an earlier statement to appeal the high court judgment that directed it to admit Tyrone Iras Marhguy and Oheneba Nkrabea with their dreadlocks.

But the Board, after backlash from some quarters, has issued a revised statement saying although it remains committed to the appeal against the high court ruling, it will withdraw the application for a stay of execution pending the determination of the appeal by a higher court.

The statement said: “Further to our statement issued on 1 June 2021 on the subject of two Rastafarian applicants, we have been in consultation with other relevant stakeholders to seek the best ways forward, taking into account the interests of all parties”.

“While the Board remains committed to the appeal against the high court ruling, it will withdraw the application for a stay of execution pending the determination of the appeal by a higher court. We have, accordingly, advised our legal counsel in this respect.”

Meanwhile, Education Minister Yaw Osei Adutwum has said the Board cannot, on its own, decide to appeal the high court judgment that directed it to admit the two Rastafarian students with their dreadlocks.

He told Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana programme on Tuesday, 1 June 2021 that the decision by the Board of Achimota School was “surprising”.

“I am very surprised”, Dr Adutwum told host Paul Adom-Otchere.

The Board, he noted, “cannot take that unilateral position to go back to court”.

He said the “Boards of High Schools are constituted by the Minister”, and, thus, “instructions for the running of the schools are provided by the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: classfmonline.com