“Rastafarians should establish their own schools in Ghana if they want to keep their hair”- President of (NAGRAT)

Following the controversy over Achimota School’s decision not to admit two Rastafarians and all the drama that has followed, the President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonou, has urged Rastafarians to create their own colleges.


Mr Angel Carbonou said, “I don’t even know why the Rastafarians don’t have their own schools, because they’ve been in this country [Ghana] for a very long time.”

In response to the Achimota Senior High School’s decision not to admit two Rastafarian first-year students on campus unless they cut their hair, he said at a press conference in Accra on Monday [March 22, 2021].

Mr Carbonou said at the press conference that Achimota School did not hesitate to admit the boys, but only explained the school’s rules and regulations to the parents and students.

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“We want you to follow the rules and regulations if you want to attend that school. Individuals can not choose and choose the rules and regulations of an institution; they become compulsory and must be followed by anyone who wishes to enter the school,” Mr Carbonou said.

“There are people who are born blind, there are people who are born deaf, there are people who are born handicapped, is that not so? Good. Are there not institutions for them? Are there not institutions for all these people?

“The Ga Wulomei will not wear shoes when he is in his white calico, true or not true?

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“The Ga Wulumei and the Huno in the Volta Region, the Okomfoo in Ashanti Region, they dress in a particular way is that not so?

“If all these people come to a school and want to manifest their religions what are we going to do?

“I mean I don’t even know why the Rastafarians don’t have their own schools, I don’t even know because they’ve been in this country [Ghana] for a very long time,” Mr Carbonou said.

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