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Achimota board can’t take a unilateral decision to appeal ‘Rasta’ students case – Education Minister

The Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum has asked the governing board of Achimota Senior High School to hasten slowly in its move to appeal the case the Rastafarian students who dragged the school to court and won.

He said it not right that the board will decide by itself to want to appeal the case.

The board announced it has instructed lawyers of the school to file an appeal against the court ruling which ordered that the two Rastafarian students, Oheneba Nkrabea and Tyrone Marhguy who were denied admission into the school, be admitted.

The board said it disagrees with the ruling of the court which was delivered on Monday May 31.

A statement issued on Tuesday June 1 said “The Governing Board of Achimota School was represented in court yesterday 31st May 201 and has learned from the outcome of the case brought against it by two persons who had earlier applied to be admitted to the school.

“The court ruled that the religious rights of the two applicants had been violated by the school management as they sought to enforce the time-tested and well-known rules of the school.

“The court further directed the school to admit the two applicants.

“The school board disagrees with the ruling of the court. The school board has therefore directed its lawyers to appeal against the ruling.”

But Dr. Adutwum in an interview on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana Tuesday evening said the board should ‘chill’.

The Education Minister said he is still waiting for a full briefing from the Attorney General to appreciate the court’s judgement. He said he would also take the AG’s advice on the next line of action.

He said he is the president’s appointee in-charge of the sector and that the issue lies with him. He added he will be meeting with the headmistress and other stakeholders on Wednesday on the matter.

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