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Caribbean Journal of Education

Education and Equality of Opportunity in Trinidad and Tobago

Publication Date: 
April 1986

This study addresses the issue of equality of opportunity in Trinidad and Tobago. It examines (1) the social-class background of students attending two types of secondary schools and (2) differences between the two types of secondary school regarding students' self-concepts, attitude toward technical and academic forms of education and educational and occupational expectations. The results of the investigation enable one to suggest that despite government and the society's expectations - education is likely to function as a means of restricting or controlling social mobility from the lower classes, that true equality does not exist since students from lower-class backgrounds are assigned in disproportionately large numbers to junior secondary (as compared with "grammar") schools where they are more likely to be oriented toward a technical or vocational type of education and toward lower educational and occupational goals.

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