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Jamaica: Educated boys less high-risk than drop-outs – Gayle

DR HERBERT Gayle, lecturer in social anthropology at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, says boys who successfully complete their secondary-level education are up to 10 times less likely to become high-risk crime statistics than those who drop out before the ninth grade.

Gayle, who made his telling assessment while addressing a Zoom town hall empowerment seminar on Tuesday, which looked at the social issues affecting education, suggested that it would cost significantly less to support a boy’s education than it would to maintain his upkeep in prison on a yearly basis.

“We used boys in Spanish Town, Manchester, and Montego Bay to form a database on whether they dropped out of school by grade nine. If they were to complete secondary school and sit at least three CXC subjects, they were four times less likely to be high-risk than the boys who dropped out at grade nine, and if a boy ever finishes CAPE subjects, he is 10 times safer than a boy who dropped out of school,” said Gayle.

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