Tyrone Iras Marhguy, the Rastafarian student who gained attention in 2021 for his legal battle to secure admission to a school, has returned to the spotlight. The school has confirmed that Marhguy is now a member of their team participating in the upcoming National Science and Maths Quiz (NMSQ) championship, scheduled to be held later this year.
The school shared a Facebook post featuring Marhguy alongside fellow contestants from the esteemed institution during a trial session for the NMSQ. The post encouraged the school community to support the team and contribute to their preparations for a successful season.
On social media, users are applauding Marhguy’s resilience in overcoming the initial obstacles he faced, having to take his case to court. However, there are also criticisms directed at the school for what some perceive as shamelessly parading him as one of their potential contestants for the upcoming competition.
Tyrone Iras Marhguy faced initial rejection when he reported to the school in March 2021, despite being placed there by the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS). The school, with strong support from its alumni association, justified their denial, citing Marhguy’s Rasta hair as a violation of the school’s rules and regulations, and a potential source of indiscipline.
Marhguy took legal action, and in May 2021, the Human Rights Court 1 Division of the High Court in Accra ruled in his favor, ordering Achimota School to admit him. Despite not attending classes like his peers, Marhguy, displaying exceptional brilliance, successfully passed his end-of-semester examinations with outstanding results, reportedly achieving the highest scores in Elective Mathematics and Integrated Science among his science class.
Later that year, Marhguy’s merit earned him a place on the school’s prestigious National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) team. Now in his final year, he is expected to lead the NSMQ team in this year’s competition, as confirmed by reliable sources.
Supporters of Marhguy, pleased with his achievements, criticize the school authorities for their attempt to deny him his right to education and his remarkable abilities.