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'I'm not sure my daughter would accept' - Mother of former St Hilda's head girl on Public Defender's recommendation

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM
St Hilda's Diocesan High School. The Office of the Public Defender has recommended that the school reinstate student, Jade Bascoe, as head girl after finding that she was discriminated against when she was stripped of the post last month.

The mother of the former St Hilda's head girl says she feels vindicated by the findings of the Office of the Public Defender (OPD).

However, Rhonda Clarke says while she is thrilled with the OPD's recommendation that her daughter be re-instated, she is not sure the 16-year-old would accept it.


Rhonda Clarke mother of former St Hilda's head girl Jade Bascoe

Meanwhile, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has welcomed the recommendations of the OPD.

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JLP deputy spokesman on education Robert Nesta Morgan notes that the recommendations are in line with the party's stance from the start that the former St Hilda's head girl be re-instated with an apology.

Morgan said the JLP is uncomfortable with what happened to Jade Bascoe and expressed the hope that St Hilda's will act in accordance with the OPD's recommendations and bring an end to what he described as an unfortunate chapter in an otherwise stellar history at the prestigious high school.

He also reminded school administrators that children have rights and urged them to be cognisant of the impact their actions have on students.