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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
Uncovering Jamaica's Gender Gap in Education
Prepare to be mind-blown by the eye-opening insights of Dr. Herbert Gayle in this thought-provoking podcast. Is Jamaica's education system failing its boys? Are women outperforming men academically? Join us as we look at education and independent Jamaica through the eyes of Dr. Gayle, an esteemed anthropologist and senior lecturer at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
In this riveting discussion, Dr. Gayle unravels the untold story of how historical factors have played a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape of Jamaica. He passionately argues that even before gaining independence in 1962, the seeds were sown for male students to face barriers to accessing quality education.
Despite these challenges, Dr. Gayle celebrates Jamaica's progress in education post-independence, shedding light on the remarkable achievements of women in the country's academic sphere. He attributes much of this success to the empowering messages about women's societal roles that gained momentum during the Michael Manley administration in the 1970s.
However, the real shocker lies in Dr. Gayle's assertion that the lopsided educational development between females and males has led to the emergence of a deeply flawed social structure. He connects the dots between this disparity and the alarming levels of violence that have plagued Jamaica. Brace yourself for his chilling prediction: "At the current rate, many women may end up with an MA degree but no M-A-N, and many men might have dollars but no sense."
Join us on Impacting Jamaica as our host, Byron Buckley, engages Dr. Gayle in a candid and enlightening conversation that will challenge your perspective on education, gender, and social dynamics in Jamaica.
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Written and produced by the Radio Department of the Jamaica Information Service