Rastafari, also known as Rastafarianism and the Rastafari movement, is a religion that developed in Jamaica during the 1930s. It is classified as both a new religious movement, a social movement by scholars of religion. There is no central authority in control of the movement and much diversity exists among practitioners, who are known as Rastafari, Rastafarians, or Rastas. This debate of Rastafarians has been getting heated up as Achimota Senior high school refused to grant admission to two qualified Rastafarians whom by the computerised placement system where placed at Achimota School. Parents of the Rastafarians raised this concerning issue on social media against the discrimination of the culture and religion. According to the Facebook post sighted, the father of one of the Rastafarian indicated that, the constitution of Ghana makes provisions for every child to have access to education in respect of religious background and so Achimota School has oppressed the rights of the Rastafarian lads and must be called to order.
This made several Ghanaians and individuals add their voice to the ongoing national issue until Ghana Education Service issued a directive to Achimota School to grant admissions to the lads. However, reports today indicates that, the Ghana Education Service together with Achimota School Authorities and the Parents of the Rastafarian lads had a meeting today and reached a compromisation. The report indicates that GES has withdrawn their directive they issued to Achimota School and so the Rastafarian lads cannot be admitted. This was done through several consultations.
Corporate institutions have also come out to express their opinions over the issue. Some believe that Achimota School has its own codes of ethics of governing the school and the school cannot be a grounds for people to come and adorn their religion. Students must go through the system with respect to the laid down rules of the institution. Others too sited examples that, if you go to a Catholic school, it is compulsory for you to attend their daily Masses no matter your religious affiliations and so same must be applied.
What do you think about this issue since both Achimota School and the Rastafarians all have a point? Should the school be a place for us to exhibit our religious affiliations? If that, then every individual will decide to take up their culture in the name of rights and start doing all manner of things. I believeat schools, there should be uniformity and every individual must follow this conducts.