Pupils at Oasis Academy protest at Westminster to save classmate Yashika Bageerathi from being deported

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Pupils staged a demonstration outside Parliament to try to save one of their classmates from deportation.

Yashika Bageerathi, 19, of Fox Lane, Palmers Green, attends Oasis Academy in South Street in Ponders End and arrived in the UK with her mother and brother in 2012, but she is due to be deported back to Mauritius tomorrow alone, without finishing her A-levels.

After hearing the news last Thursday, her fellow pupils refused to accept this and have taken to social media and organised a protest against the deportation.

The school's principal Lynne Dawes believe there has been an injustice against a ‘model student.’

She said: “Having been detained through the whole Christmas period, it was very difficult for her and for her family. She has been absolutely petrified of going to sign on in the fear of being detained.

“She is a model student and is an ambassador for the school; she helps out with younger children, helps them out with their maths lessons."

“What we are striving for is the deportation to be postponed so that she can at least finish her A levels. She wants to be a maths teacher and she is a straight A pupil who has received top offers from great universities.

“The response from our students has made me so proud and its fantastic because we promote care for each other in the community.”

After hearing the news last Thursday, her peers refused to accept this and have taken to social media and organised a protest against the deportation.

Since starting the campaign, Twitter has exploded with support for her with nearly 17,000 people signing the online petition to postpone her deportation.

Kalender Dogan, 17, told the Enfield Independent about how the school had come together to fight for Yashika.

He said: “We were all asked to write a letter about why she should be saved and then we started a campaign on social media to save Yashika and there has been so much support.

“To send her back on her own to Mauritius is total injustice and we are confident the right decision will be made.”

Jacqueline Gomes, Birsen Akkoyunoglu and Hazal Erdogan, all 17, spoke of Yashika as a 'reserved' and 'family orientated' pupil.

They said: "She is very reserved and very clever, she managed to get a B in her Maths exam whilst going through all these problems, which is incredible.

"At lunchtimes you can always find her with her sister eating lunch togehter and she is always saying how much she loves her family."

Yesterday, pupils took to the street of Westminster to protest against the imminent deportation in Parliament square.

The family fled the country two and half years ago fearing for their safety and applied for asylum last summer.

Every two weeks, Yashika would travel to London Bridge to sign on as part of her asylum seeker condition but was detained on December 20, 2013 for six weeks.

The school managed to help her get bail as no deportation notice had been issued within 72 hours of her being detained.

The Home Office refused her appeal to stay in the UK and her case has been taken separately to the rest of her family because she is considered an adult.

However she was detained once more last week and a deportation notice has been placed for Tuesday.

Representatives of the school and Yashika are at the high court today putting their case forward in the hope of stopping her deportation.

Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes has said he will be speaking to the Home Office Minister, Theresa May, to push Yashika's case.

He said: "I am making formal representations to the Home Office Minister to consider Yashika's right to a family life and to stop the deportation or at least delay until she has finished her school exams.

"I hope that today, compassion and common sense will prevail."

A Home Office spokeswoman said that it did not "routinely comment on individual cases."

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