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Sacrificing religion for prestige?

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I'm in full support of the move made by the St Hilda's High administrative board to debadge Jade Bascoe as head girl of the institution on the basis of her affiliation with the Jehovah's Witness faith.

On enrolling at the institution, the child's mother, Rhonda Clarke, indicated that her daughter was, in fact, a Jehovah's Witness. Therefore, it is rather appalling that since the prestigious position of head girl was withdrawn from Ms Bascoe, the mother is now quick to dissociate her child from the faith.

There are strict guidelines that govern the conduct of Jehovah's Witnesses. As a past student of an Anglican school, Founders' Day is a highly regarded event on the school calendar, in which the head girl plays an integral role, whether by praying or reading scriptures publicly. Therefore, this would be regarded as conflict of interest, as Miss Bascoe would be breaking religious rules. With this in mind, the board made the move in the best interest of the student and her religious affiliation.

On the other hand, the school erred by not investigating the student's religious background before appointing her to the position.

My question to Ms Clarke and her child is, is it worth sacrificing religion for the prestige that comes with being named head girl?


Past Student, Bishop Gibson

High School for Girls