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Ghana bars recruits over stretch marks and bleached skin

The Ghana Immigration Service has listed strict criteria that will see several applicants dismissed from the recruitment process.

The agency of the government of Ghana says all ladies who have low heights, bowed legs, stretch marks and bleached skin will be automatically dismissed from the recruitment program.

The Head of Public Affairs at the Immigration Service, Superintendent Michael Amoako-Attah, says the reason behind the decision is to prevent such ladies from severe damages during their line of work and because 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 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,” Superintendent Michael Amoako-Attah, told BBC Pidgin.

According to him, the first screening process will exclude persons with low heights, bowed legs, stretch marks as well as bleached skins.

"We are looking out for people with flat foot, surgical and stretch marks, bleached skins. For such people, we don't entertain them," Superintendent Michael Amoako-Attah told the Daily Graphic in a recent interview.

Meanwhile, the vacancies opened for just 500 persons at the Ghana Immigration Service, is understood to have received over 80,000 applications in the recruitment process.

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While others praised the move against women who lighten their skin.