The recent rejection of two student wearing dreadlocks at the Achimota School has exposed some of the rules governing second cycle schools in the country.
The incidence which has drawn condemnation, as well as explanation from the school authourities, reveal the appalling nature of some rules in our public schools. It reflect a sad commentary on some of our laws that are either archaic and have served the purpose and must be scrapped or we have failed to realize that, the countries where we copy some of these rules, no longer find them relevant.
The sad situation is not only peculiar to the public schools. Most of our public institutions, have been discriminating against Muslim ladies posted to serve in various capacities in those institutions.
Muslim nurses and some national service personnel posted to some facilities have refused to accept them, because they chose to wear Hijab to work.
These ugly features should worry anyone, who believes in the freedom of association, which includes freedom of worship.
As sad and unacceptable as these situations are, it demands that the authorities concerned urgently pass a law, so that it does not lie in the mouth of anyone or left to the discretion of anyone to decide whether to accept students wearing dreadlocks or muslin women wearing Hijab, either to work or school.
The situation, has become pertinent because, the Rastafarian students claim it is their religion that allows them to wear dreadlocks, be that as it may, it means Muslim women should also not be barred from observing an obligation that their religion places on them.
This newspaper is of the opinion that, the children who are the proverbial leaders of tomorrow, should be allowed to express themselves, if that means wearing their preferred hair or wearing Hijab, as it is a matter of choice.
As one of the student Tyrone Iras Marhguy remarked, "Getting the first choice, Achimota was one of the very schools I've always wanted to attend so I was expecting that they will accept me but then thinking of bringing in the hair problem and telling me because of your hair you push aside academics and everything and just focus on the dread first, I was really shocked and surprised," he said in an interview with Accra-based Citi TV and restreamed by MyNewsGh.com