Author Affiliation, Ana.
Centre for Gender and Development Studies Regional Unit
School failure and success: A gender analysis of the 1997 General Proficiency Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Examinations in Jamaica
Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean
Date of Publication
Analyses the results of the 1997 CXC examinations for Jamaica in an effort to determine male/female patterns of participation and performance. Scrutinises data in terms of male/female differences in a two-stage analysis. Firstly, differences were examined for: the overall total of thirty-six (36) subjects and then for each of the sixteen (16) academic and twenty (20) technical-vocational subjects. At the second stage, differences were examined for: coeducational and single-sex schools, and school types. The findings indicate that, overall, there was a much greater demand for academic than for technical-vocational subject areas with approximately twice as many entries for academic subjects (64.5%) than for technical subjects (35.4%). The typical sex-linked segregation of the curriculum was still evident with boys participating at a lower rate than girls. The data also challenge the widely held view that boys are underachieving. Analysis on the basis of school type shows that students in traditional high schools had an advantage over their counterparts in other schools and that in the 'working class' schools, particularly New Secondary schools, both sexes were disadvantaged because of their very low rate of participation and performance.....