Court dismisses Rasta student’s injunction application against Achimota School
The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court has dismissed an injunction application filed against the Achimota School by one of the Rasta students who were denied admission following their long hair.
Portions of the motion said “This application is brought ex-parte because of the particular urgency of this case. Fresh students of Achimota School have reported to school and commenced academic work while [the] Applicant is still being denied enrolment despite the directive by 2nd Respondent [Ghana Education Service]. It has therefore become necessary for the Court to intervene in order that Applicant’s rights are protected and enforced.
“The longer Applicant stays at home, the longer he will continue to be denied an education. If this application is heard in the ordinary, Applicant will have to abide by all the rules relating to service of processes and continue to remain at home while his colleagues are gaining an education.”
The trial judge ruled that the applicant failed procedurally on both interim injunction which was to last for 10 days or interlocutory injunction which was to last throughout the hearing of the case.
The court however said it will rather expedite action in the substantive matter.
To do this, the court said, instead of the 21 days allowed by the rules for the respondents to file the responses when served, they should file them in seven days.