Jamaica, like many another of the West Indian Islands, is like a woman with a history. She has had her experiences and has lived her life rapidly. She has enjoyed a fever of prosperity founded upon those incalculable treasures poured into her lap by the old time buccaneer pirates. She has suffered earthquake, famine, pestilence, fire and death: and she has been the home of cruel merciless slavery, hardly second to that practised by the Spaniards themselves. Other countries have taken centuries to grow from their primitive life through the flower and fruit of prosperity into the seed time of picturesque decrepitude. Jamaica has lived through it all in a few years (Pyle).
Education in Jamaica: The literacy rate in Jamaica is very high for an island country. The literacy rate for men is 82% and for women is 92%
Jamaica became an independent nation on August 6, 1962. Jamaica is a parliamentary democracy, based in a system of representative and responsible government. The form of government is that of a constitutional monarchy. Jamaica is a unitary state and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The Constitution under which Jamaica assumed Independence in 1962 is primarily based on British socio-political culture and is modelled on the Westminster-Whitehall (British) system of government. Citizens have the right to choose, in free elections, those who will govern the country. Each citizen is subject to the “rule of law”, which means that the law of the land is supreme and that all people are equal before the law. The structure of the government of Jamaica is outlined in the ten chapters of the Jamaica Constitution. Chapters are included on citizenship, fundamental rights and freedoms, the Governor-General, Parliament, executive powers, the Judicature, finance and the public service. (“Government of Jamaica”).