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Master of Arts (MA)


School of Education


Former Jamaican Prime Minister, Michael Manley and the Peoples National Party were concerned with the future manpower needs of the developing nation. They were also concerned with what education meant for the political process in Jamaica. World financial organizations such as the IMF and World Bank loaned the country millions of dollars to aid in the development of educational programs. However, they also expected a return on investment in the form of an educated labor force to be utilized by foreign investors. Foreign aid organizations such as CIDA and UNESCO also contributed greatly to educational advancement on the island. They too, however, made recommendations based on relationships with world leaders and similarities in political ideologies. This paper looks at education policy in Jamaica during the "Manley-era" of government and the influence of aid groups and banking organizations in the continuation or cessation of educational programming from 1972 to 1980.

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