Two Rastafarian girls who were admitted to the school last week face expulsion if they do not cut their dread locks, according to some old pupils at St. John’s Grammar School.
Nikita and Amrita Marhguy are triplets with Tyrone Marguay, who was also denied admission to Achimota School due to similar reasons.
Ras Marhguy, the father of all three pupils, told Joy News’ Manuel Koranteng that the girls returned from school on Monday with a message to meet with their parents the next day to discuss their hair. This occurred after they were supposedly admitted and had begun school.
“They came on the 18th [March 2021] to submit all the documents they were asked to bring. But they came with a complaint that the old students wanted me to come and talk about their hair. When we came to submit the [documents], I saw the headmaster and spoke pointed to the girls and told him I wanted to talk about their hair.
“But he said no problem, you should make sure they submit everything and then be in the school and then you can come next week so we talk. So I thought everything was cool until they came with this report yesterday,” he said.
When they arrived at the school, officers from the old student association told Mr Marguay that he had to cut his wards’ hair or risk having them removed.
“When we came, one man came out and told us that Achimota is their sister school and that they have rules which must be obeyed and so if we wanted the kids to be in the school, we should go cut their hair,” he said”
Tyrone Marhguy and his sisters are enraged, frustrated, and oppressed by the actions of the administrators at both Achimota School and St. John’s Grammar, according to him.
“I am angry, I am sad, I am disappointed, all put together. [My sisters] are also affected now. I came to visit them yesterday and everything seemed cool. But they came home complaining that back at school, some members of the old students association (JOSA) came and asked them questions they found very offensive,” he told Joy News.
‘‘[They asked her, ‘do you even wash your hair? So how do you feel having this nasty thing on your hair? As if it was something disgusting,” Tyrone alleged.
He wishes to be judged on his merits, not his hair, which is merely an expression of his faith.
“It’s our culture. It’s our belief. There Christians and we are Rastafarians. Should there any problem keeping up with our own culture,” he quizzed.