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Education ministry to report on St Hilda’s issue today

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 11:39 AM

The education ministry is today expected to issue a statement on the controversial stripping of the position of head girl from a student at St Hilda’s Diocesan High School.

The Anglican school took back the Head Girl position from the student because she is reportedly a Jehovah's Witness.

According to the St Ann-based school, the position was rescinded given the potential conflict that such a position would pose, given that the student is a Witness.

However, the girl’s mother has taken issue with the school’s decision.

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica has called for the former head girl to be reinstated.

However, the school’s chairman, Bishop Leon Golding, has stated that the school’s position has not changed on the matter.

Speaking on Radio Jamaica’s current affairs programme, Beyond the Headlines, yesterday, Bishop Golding also suggested that the student’s actions were not in line with the mother’s claim that they are not practising Jehovah’s Witnesses.


chairman of St Hilda’s Diocesan High School Bishop Leon Golding

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

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