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Bleached skin and stretch marks candidates barred from Ghana's massive recruitment exercise

A GIS spokesman told the BBC this was because people with such marks might bleed during the "strenuous" training.

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Bleached skin and stretch marks candidates barred from Ghana's massive recruitment exercise

A GIS spokesman told the BBC this was because people with such marks might bleed during the "strenuous" training.

09 January 2018 Tuesday 10:54
Bleached skin and stretch marks candidates barred from Ghana's massive recruitment exercise

By Azania Reporter

The government of Ghana has disqualified candidates with bleached skin and stretch marks from a massive recruitment exercise, it has been learnt.

Report by the BBC says the Ghanaian Immigration Service (GIS) spokesperson Superintendent Michael Amoako-Attah said ‘ people with such marks might bleed during the strenuous training.”

Some Ghanaians condemned the bar as sexist and unfair. Those with tattoos, dreadlocks and "bow legs" were also disqualified from the exercise.

The GIS received some 84,000 applications for just 500 jobs.
"The kind of work we do, it's strenuous and the training is such that if you have bleached skin or surgical marks on your body during training exercises, you may incur some bleedings," Amoako-Attah, told BBC Pidgin.

Candidates must undergo a medical and a full body check as part of the GIS recruitment process.

It is the ban on stretch marks which has aroused most anger on social media.

This is the latest controversy surrounding the GIS recruitment exercise.

Ghanaians also reacted angrily when the agency revealed it was only recruiting 500 people, after some 84,000 people had paid 50 cedis ($11; £8) each for an application form.

A local MP, Richard Quashigah, has urged rejected applicants to take the GIS to court to recover the application fee.


 

BBC

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