The Education Ministry is set to meet authorities of the Achimota School over its Governing Board’s decision to appeal a court ruling that instructed it to admit two dreadlocked Rastafarian boys.
The sector Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, who hinted at the meeting says the engagement which will also involve the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES), is to address the issue for a final determination.
He said he is waiting on the Attorney General for details on the certified ruling to inform the next line of action.
“I am waiting for the full briefing of the Attorney General. I am meeting with the Headmistress of Achimota School and the Board for a decision to be made”, the Minister said on Metro TV’s late-night show, Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday.
But, Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum is outraged over what he terms as the ‘unilateral position‘ by the Governing Board to appeal the ruling of the court.
The Minister says it is not in the place of the board to take such a decision.
“I am very surprised, the Board cannot take that unilateral position to go back to court”, Dr. Adutwum said.
The Minister expressed dissatisfaction with the Board’s action, saying, “Boards of High Schools are constituted by the Minister. Instructions for the running of the schools are provided by the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service”
Letter from Achimota Board Governors:
One can however contemplate if the school’s administration will obey any further instructions from the Ministry or the GES on the latest development
This is because, although the GES had initially directed Achimota School to admit the students, it, however, backtracked after pushback from the school’s stakeholders and further engagements.
Source: Citi Newsroom