An 18-year-old junior high school graduate was banned from attending Dzodze-Penyi Senior High School after it was revealed that he was a traditional priest.
Galley Felix, who wore a hat after he started working as Togbui Tueve Awunyo II of Ative (ativɛ), in Ketu North municipality was refused to school by officials regardless of his status by the computerized school selection and appointment system.
According to him, all the reasons he gave to the authorities for wearing it were ignored.
Gallie Felix, who was offered to study visual arts, revealed that harm would befall his community and himself if the school insisted on taking off his religious hat before his admission.
“I got admission to Dzudzi-Penny High School, but I was told that I would only be allowed into school if I cleared my heart out, but according to our culture, there is no way I could remove it. I tried to explain to the school why I wore the hat, but the school insisted that I take it off before Allow me to enter school.
“I could go crazy and a lot of things could happen to my community if I openly clear my heart. I’ve been wearing this.” [cap] For 13 years, no one has asked me to remove it because they know its repercussions. ”
The 18-year-old, who also has a right-sided disability, strongly believes that formal education is the only way to achieve his life goals.
But a spokesperson for the school, the principal, Matthew Truha, said that specific processes and rules of conduct are being followed by the school authorities.
According to him, the student will not be allowed until he decides to drop his hat or applies for permission from the school.
This latest development follows a similar event at the Achimota School in the Greater Accra region where two students were also refused admission because they were on braids, which according to the school was inconsistent with its rules and regulations.
The incident received attention after the father of one of the students resorted to social media to narrate the injustice suffered by his son.
To calm this issue, the Ghana Department of Education has instructed the Aishimota School authorities to accept the students.
Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, Director-General of GES, explained, “You cannot say that you will not accept anyone on the basis of a person’s religious belief, so we have asked the head of the school to allow the children to attend school.”