Letter: Stopping the brain-drain in the Caribbean


Dear Sir:

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

Many scholars, after attaining their quality education in the Caribbean, have found the attraction to migrate to North America for greener pastures.

I have concluded that the design of the education system must be re-examined 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 so many lawyers when fishing and agriculture are the mainstays of the economy?

Another concern is the class divide in society, which frustrates the growth and development of one country, and creates an environment for mass migration among the so-called educated elite.

It has become apparent that the school system, from elementary to graduate school, has failed to prevent this brain drain epidemic.

In retrospect, what are the possible solutions that one could think of?

An important consideration should be given to a micro view that does not include mass television influence. However, there needs to be a macro view that comes with an adequate developmental and economical plan that can enrich the needs of the Caribbean islands. For example, examine the full benefits of cocoa beans as a project, which can eventually create jobs and supply local markets at a reasonable price.

With proper plans in place, over time the thought that the grass is greener elsewhere will gradually diminish.

Remember, poverty and underdevelopment prevail among countries that have suffered from the epidemic call the brain drain disease.

Therefore, in the integrated Caribbean, there should be constant dialogue to create awareness to cure and prevent that massive educational brain drain from plaguing the entire Caribbean.

Glenville Remy

The views expressed in this letter are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Caribbean News Now’s editorial position.



  1. Dear Remy,

    Thank you for such a short great article (Modernly Written).

    It seems as though the leaders of the Caribbean and Latin America have a lot to learn about “Politics”. Nowadays every one of their actions is “Anti-Political”.

    To understand my point of view i invite all of them to go and READ CAREFULLY the story of Alexander The Great. To understand “Politics”. It is well done when every action of the government contribute to creating an environment of prosperity for each and every single inhabitant of his country.

    In the time of ATG, authorities used to go oversears, fight to get wealth and bring home. Nowadays only very few countries are doing it well: USA, Russia, etc…. That is why they are so powerful.

    Shouldn’t the caribbean leaders copy/paste that “spirit” of “home protection”. I do not mean to molest other countries though by getting the nose in the internal affairs without their consent (Yankeeingly).

  2. You don’t need to go to school beyond the primary level of learning to read, write, and do elementary arithmetic to farm, fish, and do manual labour like basic masonry, carpentry, and l;ow level electrical work and plumbing.

    Even in the developed world — America, Canada, and Europe — there are too many “mental workers” and too few physical workers, especially in areas like auto mechanics, electrical work, and plumbing work (areas which also require a good background in the applied sciences).

    Ironically, physical work now provides higher salaries and more self employment than most jobs in retail sales, telemarketing, etc.

    Even servers in upscale restaurants earn far more than cashiers in Walmart.

    But physical labour continues to be stigmatized by parents who want their children to pursue white-collar work, even if most of it is low paid and insecure in nature.

    In short, this is a global problem, not a Caribbean one.


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