Debate on Rastafarian hair in schools is a waste of precious time – Yankah

A former Minister of State Kojo Yankah has said there are deeper issues in Ghana to engage government attention in education at this time than the ongoing debate on the Rastafarian hair in schools.

He questioned why Ghanaians are wasting precious time overplaying the issue in Ghana or Africa.

In a Facebook post, the Founder of the African University College of Communications (AUCC) said “Rastafarian hair in schools? Why waste precious time overplaying the issue in Ghana or Africa ? Is it anything new on the continent, or in the world.

“Why don’t we just allow school boards to formulate policies for their schools depending on their own circumstances ? There are deeper issues to engage government attention in education at this time. Priorities ! Priorities ! Priorities, please!”

Meanwhile, Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has revealed that the Ghana Education Service (GES) will soon issue guidelines to all heads of senior high schools in Ghana to guide them on admission of students.

He said this on the floor of Parliament Thursday March 25 following the refusal of Achimota School to admit Rastafarian students with dreadlocks.

The Bosomtwe lawmaker said “Mr Speaker Achimota has been a beacon of hope for many young men and women. Achimota has been defined by its history of inclusion, Achimota is the school that travels  around the length and breadth of Ghana recruiting students  and they have a story to tell as to how  Achimota changed them and  made them leaders who have led this country  and led their families, led their  communities and have done fantastic  job in  in various professions.

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“I can understand where everyone is coming from, in terms of the convictions that they have, for or against, the debate that we are talking about.

“But Mr Speaker, I can assure you that Ghana Education Service within the shortest possible time  is going to lay out  specific guidelines for  heads of schools as to how we proceed  on this.”

He added “Mr Speaker I can tell you that meetings have been had, others are ongoing, the ministry is facilitating to make sure that our students operate in an environment where they give off their best , not just to themselves but to this nation.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana                 



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