It is predictable that in 2020, girls are going to again out perform boys at the SEA (Secondary Entrance Assessment) examination. Why is this happening?
Why not instead ask why do we have so many domestic violence cases that end in the murder of females? Is it that T&T men, from as early as ages 11, 12, 13 do not have positive views of their ability to perform? Females are now fully aware that excelling in school is the ticket to ride for personal success.
Many boys do well but every year less boys appear incapable of buckling down during their teenage years. T&T males allegedly appear emotionally immature. They expect that their every whim and fancy will be indulged. All females must treat them as if they are their mothers, sisters, aunts and grand mothers-giving, giving them undivided attention. There are many excuses. Boys do not like to read. Boys find it more difficult to concentrate. Boys must be allowed to do “boy like things” like playing sports and hanging out with friends. Then there is the “must have” syndrome. Must have the best cellphone, clothing shoes and a car. Rich or poor and regardless of race and religious persuasion, T&T men are in need of emotional help.
However, the men who do well in school and university, invariably head up the T&T work environment. They expect to earn far more than females, and they do. But why are successful T&T males still prone to indulge in domestic violence? Do we need to urgently start training for the understanding of gender equality from the early childhood schools and continue these classes up to age 18?
This subject should be mandatory at secondary level for all students. We have to acknowledge that domestic violence is now a cultural problem.