A survey conducted by EDUCATE JAMAICA has found that in a significant number of households across the country, mothers are denying their partner’s request to have their son attend their alma mater.
250 men were surveyed, who all attended all-boys schools in different parishes. The survey included all the all-boys’ schools in the country and a sample was chosen from each secondary school and given a questionnaire to complete. All the men surveyed had sons who were currently attending a secondary school.
85% of those who responded said that it was important to them for their son to attend their alma mater and that it was something they were passionate about. 100% of those who responded said that they would be very disappointed if their son attended a rival school (even if it was a better performing school). 70% of those who responded said their partner had trumped their choice in regards to the secondary school their son attended.
One of the men we spoke to expressed that this should be a fundamental right that every father should have as it relates to his son. Another also expressed that he believed that this would have been a perfect opportunity to foster father and son bonding. All the men surveyed said that they would have no objections if their partner wanted to have the same opportunity to send her daughter to her alma mater. Another of the men we surveyed expressed that he does understands his wife’s desire in wanting to select the best school, however, he cited his alma mater as performing above 80% in the rankings (5 or more subjects including Mathematics and/or English). He also added that every Jamaican woman should understand the high school spirit and what an alma mater means to each Jamaican.
65% of those who responded gave a better performing school as to the reason why their partner trumped their choice. 2% stated that their wife objected to their choice because she was a staunch supporter of a rival school.