Weeks ago, the subject of hair became a topical point in the country.
It involved two smart boys who were denied admission into one of the leading senior high schools in the country due to their dreadlocked hair.
Achimota School has taken the entrenched position that it would only admit the students, who were posted to the school by the government’s computerised school placement system, if they cut their hair.
Arguing on religious grounds, the students also refused to cut their hair and are now seeking a court order that would compel Achimota School to admit them with their dreadlocks intact.
Ahead of the hearing the merits of the main case, the two students asked the court to – as it were – order Achimota to grant them temporary admission as the case goes through the court system.
Their argument was that as they are fighting for the protection of their rights in court, their colleagues are in school learning while they are at home.
Tyrone Marhguy and Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, the two students at the centre of the hair controversy filed two different cases at the courts, which meant they would have two different court sittings about a similar or the same issue.
It is as a result of the two different case numbers that we saw Tyrone and Oheneba going to court two days in a row to hear the judgement of their preliminary requests.
On both days – Monday and Tuesday – the judgment that came from the same judge who is sitting on the two cases were the same.
In what looked like a small victory for Achimota School, the judge, Justice Gifty Agyei Adoo refused to grant the students wish to compel Achimota School to grant them temporary admission.
The judge said the main case was on the same request and in order not to preempt the main case, she was denying the students their request.
What she could do to help Tyrone and Oheneba’s cases, however, was to provide a shorter timeline.
Usually, respondents, and in this case Achimota School, had 21 days to file their responses to the suit, however, now the court has given them only 7 days to do so in both cases.
As a result, the hearing of the substantive case will begin on April 22 for Oheneba, while Tyrone’s will begin the next day on April 23.
Though the two boys filed two different cases, they are supportive of each other since one win is technically a win for both of them.
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