Rasta student-Achimota Sch case: Journalists sacked from court room

The Clerk to the Human Rights Court 1 of the High Court, has sacked from the court room journalists who have been assigned to cover the judgment of the case between the Achimota School and parents of the two rastafrians who were denied admission to the school.

She said she was going to allow only parties to the case entry.

When the journalists entered the court room at 1:30pm Monday May 31, she asked “are you parties to the case?” Reporters responded “no, we are journalists”.

She added, “only parties to the case will be allowed entry but I will allow you to sit in the court room since the case has not started”.

Fifteen minutes to 2pm, the scheduled time for the judgment, she instructed the journalists to leave the court room insisting she was not going to listen to any excuses.

An official from the Communications department of the Judicial Service was contacted to intervene. After some deliberations, both parties agreed to allow only a journalist entry.

This means, the journalist will have to brief almost 20 journalists after the judgement is delivered.

Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea dragged Achimota School, the Board of Governors of Achimota School, the Ghana Education Service, Ministry of Education and the Attorney General to court, praying the Human Rights Division of the High Court to compel Achimota School to admit him for the purposes of his education.

He is also asking the court to stop the school from discriminating against him on the basis of his “religion and or creed”.

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Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea prayed to the court to among other things make “a declaration that requiring Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea a child and adherent of the Rastafari religion and creed, to either cut his hair or forfeit admission into Achimota School, a public senior high school, is a violation of his rights to dignity…contrary to articles 15 and 28(3) of the Constitution, 1992 and section 13 of the Children’s Act 1998 (Act 560)”.

Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea’s suit is the second after one filed by Tyron Marhguy, the other Rastafarian who was denied admission to the school.

By Godfred Tanam|3news.com|Ghana