Over the past centuries people have gained insight in the importance of education to a nation, Jamaica is one such country. Credit must be given to the English Missionaries who were able to convince the slave owners of the importance of literacy for the slaves. Although it was started in no formal way, over the years it was enlightenment for almost all who were afforded this precious service. Global changes in areas such as demand for job requirement in the market place has really helped to strengthen the education system in Jamaica. It is a fact that historically education has provided some degree of upward social mobility for many Jamaicans, though it has done so to a lesser extent for some groups than for others. Gordon 1987 postulates that this social mobility in Jamaica has been most marked during the years after the Second World War.
With the strategic planning of the private sector equity in education has become more an agent of transformation. Equity in education can be viewed from several perspectives such as gender, social strata and race or color. The paradox of large scale social mobility coexisting side by side with gross widening in equalities of opportunities between the minority at the top and the majority at the bottom of the social order.
Those at the bottom of the social order are the groups who have note received the benefits of education and have consequently not enjoyed any social mobility the child of an unskilled labourer, will in all likelihood become an unskilled labourer. This may be explained in part by the differences in the quality and quantity of provisions for schooling made available to the children of those at the bottom of the social order. It can also be seen by the differences in the processes of schooling in these schools the expectation, and the interaction between students and teachers. Educational opportunity and access become implicated in social class issues because persons of high social class, as compared...
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