Issues of Equality in Jamaica

Issues of Equality in Jamaica


The following discussion will look around on the subject of equality in Jamaica using the experiences of an interviewee who is a female 63 year old British citizen that was born in Hanover in Jamaica on the 14th of March 1951 to draw out conclusions She lived with family guardians as her mum died when she was 5 and her dad lived in the UK but she had many brothers and sisters She was loosely home schooled in Jamaica until she was 12 when she finally went to a Jamaican senior school called Mount Hannah She had very a restricted education as her guardians wanted her to carry out manual work at home rather than pursuing an education This resulted in here not having a structured education regime as even when she started to go to school she was forced into taking days off to look after her younger siblings or carry out manual tasks at home Her childhood was in the middle of the creation of the Ministry of Education in 1953 Ennew Et Al 1982 and Jamaicas transition to independence that was pushed by Caribbean nationalists from after the Second World War Mawby 2012 to come to pass finally in 1962 Welsh 2012 During this period there was educational reform especially in the early 60s with a big push to increase the number of schools since in the 1950s secondary school education in Jamaica was very limited Miller 1990

There were 25 children in her school year and their average school day was from 93 Her class had only one teacher that taught them all English and mathematics She finished school when she was 15 years old without any major qualifications and then continued to carry out more rigorous labour work full time Work ranged from doing house work and babysitting to working on their house farm where she done tasks like carrying the water and the food to their home across long distances

The interviewee was 16 in 1967 she came to live in Coventry in England with her step mum dad and younger sisters and brothers During this time she dreamed of becoming a nurse as she enjoyed looking after her younger siblings She eventually got the opportunity to take a test to become a nurse but she unfortunately failed the test due to a lack of knowledge in the key areas that was essential to know

After this she decided to go straight to work to help her family as a machinist as it was one of the few options that she had with her education After a year she decided to move out and change job but again the easier job for her to find with her experiences was as a machinist In 1970 she had a daughter so took time off work for one and a half years to look after her Afterwards she then went back to work for the same company but as a cable former but she also started to work as a barmaid at a pub during the weekends

As she enjoyed bar work and with it being more flexible for her to look after her daughter she continued her career as a barmaid by moving to work full time at a bar in 1974 She however had an area of unemployment from 19761979 but she then began to work as a barmaid again for 4 years and then later worked in a wide range of bars and bingos and casinos behind the bar During the late 80s she done various training courses as they became much more available in computing and shorthand writing with the hopes of becoming a receptionist but in 1991 she became pregnant again had a baby Boy For the rest of her life she brought up her son as a single parent and done voluntary work at various charity shops and carried out a few cleaning part time jobs Since 2013 she has become a pensioner and is no longer pursuing work


Gender was an identify factor that effected the interviewees education The interviewee said that apart from the major subjects they had two extracurricular activities that they could do It was compulsory for girls to do sewing and for boys to do gardening for the school garden The interviewee said that when telling the teacher that she wanted to go and do the gardening with the boys he said no and wh

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