Education Ministry Tells St. Hilda’s to Reappoint Head Girl

The Ministry of Education says it’s asking the board of St. Hilda’s High School in St. Ann to review its decision to rescind the appointment of the Head Girl, Jade Bascoe.

The Education Ministry says its Regional Director met yesterday with the principal of St Hilda’s about the decision, and based on the advice it has asked board to review the decision.

And the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party is also calling for the leadership of St. Hilda’s to immediately reverse its decision to remove Miss Bascoe from the post of Head Girl.

Jade was removed as Head Girl when school administrators discovered that her mother had written on an entry form filled out four years ago that she’s a member of the Jehovah witness faith.

The Deputy Opposition Spokesman on Education is Robert Morgan.

In a statement on Wednesday, St Hilda’s said Jade’s appointment as Head Girl was rescinded given the potential conflict that such a post would present, given that her entry form says she’s a Jehovah’s Witness.

The statement said the school has never asked students who are not Anglican to assume duties that are contrary to their personal beliefs.

But Jade’s mother, Rhonda Clarke, says her daughter has been doing duties which a head girl would normally perform for a number of years and is willing to continue doing so.

In a statement this afternoon, the National Secondary Students’ Council said it’s appalled at the decision by administrators at St. Hilda’s to remove Jade from her position.