Rastafarian student sues Achimota School, wants court to order school to admit him

Tyron Iras Marhguy, who was refused admission by Achimota School has filed a suit at the High Court (Human Rights Division) to enforce his fundamental Human Rights.

The family of Tyron Marhguy is asking the court to “declare that the failure and or refusal of the 1st Respondent (Achimota School Board of Governors) to admit or enroll the Applicant on the basis of his Rastafarian religious inclination, beliefs and culture characterized by his keeping of Rasta is a violation of his fundamental human rights and freedoms guaranteed under the 1992 constitution particularly Articles 12(1), 23, 21(1)(b)(c)”.

The lawsuit argued that the denial of admission is a “violation of his (Tyrone Iras Marhguy’s)right to dignity”. The document continues that “…There is no lawful basis for [Achimota School] to interfere with the applicant’s right to education based on his rasta through which he manifests or expresses his constitutionally guaranteed right to religion and to practice and manifest same.”

The Marhguy family is also demanding that the court should order Achimota school to admit Tyron to continue his education as well as compensate him for the inconveniences and embarrassment caused.

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