Yashika Bageerathi who was deported to Mauritius in April has got into university after getting her A level results

Deported girl: 'It is time for me to begin a new chapter in my life'

Yashika Bageerathi was deported in April 2014

The fight for Yashika campaign which erupted on social media

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A schoolgirl who was controversially deported in April has received the necessary grades to go to university.

Yashika Bageerathi, 19, formerly of Fox Lane in Palmers Green and a previous pupil of Oasis Academy, was sent back to Mauritius without her family in April.

Fellow classmates rallied to the aid of their friend, creating a social media frenzy and recieving more than 100,000 signatures on an e-petition. But unfortunately, their campaign could not prevent her deportation.

Today, it has been revealed that Ms Bageerathi sat her British A-levels in her homeland Mauritius and has received the grades to go to university.

Her statement reads: “I am very grateful to a number of people who have made today happen.  Although so many things have not worked out as I had hoped, it was a privilege to be able to sit British A-levels and ensure that my years of hard work did not go to waste.

“I really want to thank the staff and students of Oasis Academy Hadley for helping to make this possible.

"When you join Oasis, you are told that you are becoming part of a family; the last few months have shown me that this remains true, even when you’re half way across the world.”

The student, who was predicted straight As, faced a tumultuous final few months in the UK, undergoing saw spells at Yarls Wood detention centre, jeopardising her education.

Principal Lynne Dawes claimed Yashika had a right to education in the UK and should not be deported alone.

She was eventually sent back to Mauritius leaving behind her mother, Sowbhagyawatee, and brother and sister.

In the rest of Ms Bageerathi’s letter, she says the past six months have been ‘turbulent and surreal.’

She wrote: “I also want to thank the people and authorities of Mauritius.

“Since being returned here I have received a considerable amount of support and I want to take this opportunity to make it clear that my reluctance to return was never intended as a criticism of this country or her people.

“It was simply a result of my fear about returning to the proximity of a situation that had initially driven me and my family away from the island.

“While I have never been one to seek the limelight or to attempt to make a spectacle of myself, I am extremely grateful for the support of the British media and members of the public over the past few months.

“Rather than attacking me or criticising my classmates for attempting to keep me in the UK so that I could complete my exams, many newspapers and broadcasters consistently demonstrated support for my cause and for that I offer my thanks. 

"However, I have no desire for a life in the public eye any longer. To that effect, I no longer intend to give any media interviews under any circumstances. I hope that decision will be seen for what it is and respected.

“The last six months of my life have been more turbulent and surreal than I ever expected. In this episode I believe I have seen the best and worst that humanity has to offer and for all those that have shown me the former, I am extremely grateful.

“Now it is time for me to begin a new chapter in my life – a chapter in which I look forward to leaving the turbulence, controversy and attention behind.”

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10:17am Fri 15 Aug 14

surfnutt says...

not doing so bad in her "Home" country then? so what was all the fuss about?
not doing so bad in her "Home" country then? so what was all the fuss about? surfnutt
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