This comes after a student’s parents represented by Lawyer Shadrack Wambui moved to court after their student admitted at Olympique High school in January 2019 was expelled for refusing to shave her dreadlocks which she had during her primary school .
In his ruling the presiding Judge noted that every child’s right to basic education is protected by the constitution and every parent has a legal responsibility to take their children to school.
“No person should be compelled contrary to their religion, a declaration is issued that the decision of Olympic school keeping the minor out of school due to her dreadlocks was unconstitutional, null and void,” he said
“Keeping rastas is her way of professing her faith and it’s wrong to compel her to shave which is against her religion.”
The minor indicated in her admission form that her religion was Rastafarian. The stance taken by the school is contrary to the law.
The father in the suit papers says the action of the school amounts to discrimination on the basis of her Rastafarian beliefs.
Article 30 (1) of the Constitution states that every person has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.
He further directed the school not infringe on the rights of the minor when she is recalled back to the school.
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