We’ll fight AG, Achimota school to the end in Tyrone Marhguy’s case – Bright Appiah

Child Rights International has vowed to fight the Attorney General’s office and the Achimota School, as the two have filed an appeal to overturn a high court ruling that ordered the school to admit two Rastafarian boys with dreadlocks.

In the notice of appeal sighted by Citi News, the Attorney General said the High court judge, Justice Gifty Agyei Addo, who had earlier ruled that the two Rastafarian boys, Tyrone Marhguy and Ohene Nkrabea be admitted to the school with their dreadlocks, erred.

According to the AG, the request by the school for the boys to cut their hair before being admitted was not a violation of their rights to education, as the judge averred.

The AG’s office said the trial judge also failed to appreciate the effect of placing the needed weight on the rules and regulations of Achimota School, which borders on the accepted hairstyles of students.

But speaking to Citi News, the Executive Director of Child Rights International, Bright Appiah, said his outfit would continue to support Tyrone Marhguy to protect his interest.

He said he was surprised that the Office of the Attorney General will take such an action.

“In all matters, the state is to act as a parent for children and so if the AG is proceeding to court on certain matters with respect to the fundamental rights of children to education then it is conflicting,” he said.

Bright Appiah added that their lawyers have already responded to the notice of appeal and will follow the process to the end.

“This is a matter that we have already prepared our minds and the minds of our clients for. We will find the ways and means to deal with this matter. The lawyers have received the appeal and have replied to the court. They will represent Marghuy with respect to this case, and we are ready to go to court to fight this matter to the end.”

Background

An Accra High Court on Monday, May 31, 2021, delivered its ruling regarding the denial of two Rastafarian boys; Tyrone Marhguy and Oheneba Nkrabea admission to Achimota School because they failed to cut their dreadlocks.

Justice Gifty Adjei Addo, the Presiding Judge, disagreed with the submissions of the Attorney General and granted all the reliefs separately sought by the embattled students except the relief of compensation in the case of Tyrone Marhguy.

According to Justice Addo, it is preposterous for the Attorney General to have even suggested that the two were not students in the first place.

Justice Gifty Adjei Addo consequently directed Achimota School to admit the two Rastafarian students.

Following the court’s decision, Achimota School through its board announced that it will appeal the decision.

The school subsequently made efforts to secure a stay of execution order in order to freeze the implementation of the order, but later announced a withdrawal of the decision.

The school’s board in a statement on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, said it is however committed to an appeal against the ruling of the High Court.

The two boys were subsequently enrolled in the school.

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