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Thwaites asks St Hilda's to review decision to strip head girl of post

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 10:26 PM
Thwaites ... On Thursday met with the school's principal. He says based on the advice of the ministry's regional director, he decided to ask the school to review its decision.

The Education Ministry has asked the board of the St Hilda's Diocesan High School to reconsider the decision to strip its head girl of the post. 

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites who Thursday met with the school's principal, says based on the advice of the ministry's regional director, he decided to ask the school to review its decision.

However, the student's mother, Rhonda Clarke is questioning how the ministry could have made a decision on the matter without contacting her or her child.

 

Rhonda Clarke, mother of the former head girl

Clarke says she has reported the matter to the Office of the Children's Advocate and is hoping it will intervene.

According to the St Ann-based school, the head girl was relieved of the position to avoid potential religious conflicts because she is a Jehovah's Witness.

The school board has since said there were instances of conflicts in the past resulting in the child refusing to perform certain duties.

However the student's mother, has consistently denied claims that the child is a Jehovah's Witness and says the school should desist from making them.

 

Rhonda Clarke, mother of the former head girl

Jehovah's Witnesses are typically discouraged from holding leadership positions in schools.

They are also prohibited from participating in religious activities outside their faith.