The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonou has suggested that if Rastafarians want their children to keep their dreadlocks on in senior high schools (SHS), then they should set up their own schools in Ghana.
“I don’t even know why the Rastafarians don’t have their own schools, because they’ve been in this country [Ghana] for a very long time,” Mr Angel Carbonou said. He was addressing a press conference in Accra on Monday [March 22, 2021] in reaction to a decision by the Achimota Senior High School not to admit two Rastafarian first year students on campus unless they cut their hair.
At the press conference Mr Carbonou, said Achimota School did not refuse to admit the students, adding that the school only spelt out the rules and regulations of the school to the parent and the student. “We expect that if you want to be in that school, you obey the rules and regulations. The rules and regulations of an institution are not chosen and picked by individuals, they become standard and ought to be obeyed by anyone who wants to access the school,” Mr Carbonou said.
He said the rules and regulations went beyond hair cut.
There are people who are born blind, there are people who are born deaf, there are people who are born handicapped, is that not so? Good. Are there not institutions for them? Are there not institutions for all these people?
“The Ga Wulomei will not wear shoes when he is in his white calico, true or not true? “The Ga Wulumei and the Huno in the Volta Region, the Okomfoo in Ashanti Region, they dress in a particular way is that not so? “If all these people come to a school and want to manifest their religions what are we going to do? “I mean I don’t even know why the Rastafarians don’t have their own schools, I don’t even know because they’ve been in this country [Ghana] for a very long time,” Mr Carbonou said.