Free SHS: Student with dreadlocks denied admission

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A parent seeking a Free Senior High School admission for his ward at Accra Girls Senior High School has been denied because she had dreadlocks.

According to the father, his daughter is a Rastafarian thus it is against their religion to cut off the locks.

The distraught father, name withheld said efforts to explained issues to school authorities proved futile.

He is convinced their decision to deny his daughter admission is borne out of ignorance.

“I tried to see the headmistress. She was locked in her office. We want to see her to clarify things. We are Rastafarians as such our kids need to be educated just like every other region. I don’t see why she won’t be able to keep her locks …” the worried father said.

He believes Rastafarians in Ghana are being disregarded and disrespected and as such called on government to intervene.

Meanwhile, the National Secretary of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), Mr Samuel Gyebi Yeboah has urged head teachers at various Senior high Schools to offer Rastafarian students’ admission.

He also advised parents whose wards are being denied admission to forward their concerns to the Ghana Education Service.

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