The admission by Prime Minister Keith Rowley that there is an ISIS cell in Trinidad and Tobago comes as no surprise to many. In July 2017 it was reported by the US State Department that we have the highest per capita ISIS recruitment in the western hemisphere. This points to serious social pathologies. One of these is the state of education.
There are thousands who enter our secondary schools after the SEA exam but at the end of five years there are thousands who do not make it. They are rendered ‘failures’ by an education system that in many respects has failed them and they become social outcasts. These increase year after year and, in the current economic climate, create youths who are desperate and ideal fodder for the ISIS mill.
Such victims of an education system that caters to the needs of the minority are both unemployed and unemployable. No form of education can avoid the basics in math and English but beyond that, education needs to be more varied.