BRAIN DRAIN: The continued stigma in the Caribbean


From Cuba in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south, North America has masterminded the importation of the intellectual minds from the Caribbean.

Fast forward to the point that scholars after attaining their quality education in the Caribbean has found the negative attraction to migrate to North America for greener pastures.

I have concluded that the design of the education system must be re-examined in order to help stop that bleeding. It is as a result of too much white collar education as opposed to blue collar education. Moreover, the education system should be adjusted to the needs of every individual Caribbean country.

Why produce too many lawyers whereby fishing and agriculture are the main stay of the economy. Another food for thought echoes amongst class in society.

A make-believe class that frustrates the growth and development of one country but rather creates a craving environment for mass migration among the so-call educational elite.

It has become apparent that the school system from elementary to graduate school has failed to prevent this brain drain epidemic from declining. In retrospect, what are the possible solutions that one could think of?

A meaningful consideration should be given to a micro view that does not include mass television influence. Nonetheless, a macro view that comes with an adequate developmental and economical plan can enrich the needs of the Caribbean islands. An example, cocoa beans may fit in a small project assistant team that will eventually create jobs and supply local markets at a reasonable price.

With overtime, the thought that the grass is greener elsewhere will gradually diminish.

Moreover, a combined view with a few modifications may adequately find common grounds that may or can harmoniously reduce the long-term suffering of the educational elites migrating to the mainland.

Last but not least, poverty and under development prevail amongst countries that have suffered from the epidemic called the brain drain disease.

In conclusion, in the integrated Caribbean, there should be a constant form of dialogue in other to induce a broad based awareness on an ongoing basis in other to cure and prevent that massive educational brain drain from plaguing the entire Caribbean.

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