The Member of Parliament for the Manhyia North Constituency, Collins Owusu Amankwah, is advocating for a review of the enlistment criteria for recruitment into the security services in the country.
His concern is mainly about the part that requires that applicants meet a specific height requirement of 5 feet 8 inches for males and 5 feet 4 inches for females. Which translates into about 173 cm and 170 cm for males and females respectively.
The MP who spoke to Press men at the sidelines of a media sensitization workshop on the upcoming activities of the Committee on Government Assurances in Ada, was of the view that the practice was discriminatory and inconsistent with the law and modern security measures.
“I believe in academic competency, vis a vis physical appearance. I have nothing against the issue of fitness. But when it comes to height as a requirement, I have strong reservations. In that, it is inconsistent and repugnant to the laws of this country. It is highly discriminatory.” He opined.
According to him the practice of turning away very intelligent and able bodied applicants who express their interest in serving in the security services just because of height is rather unfortunate.
“It so surprising that in this modern world, where we are talking about brain work we are still relying on archaic principle of enlisting our able men and women, intelligent young people base on their height.” He observed.
He therefore wants the law to be reviewed to strike out the height requirement or reduced to about 5 feet so that social justice will be done to all. His concerns bother on the fact that certain ethnic groups would be discriminated against since they are not vertically gifted.
He used himself and his ethnic group in the Ashanti region as an example. “Where I am coming from in the Ashanti region, we are naturally short in nature. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have that capacity to deliver when we are being considered to provide public safety in terms of policing. I think that this particular requirement is highly biased, discriminatory and must be reviewed as a matter of necessity and urgency.” He forcefully argued.
Source: Clement Akoloh||afriwakeradio.com/africanewsradio.com