Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. F.S.J, Ledgister

Second Advisor

Dr Shirley Wilhams-Kirksey

Third Advisor

Dr. Bettye Clark


This study examines the purpose of colonial and post education policies in the British West Indies and more specifically, the post-independent government of St.Vincent and the Grenadines. The study concurs that the purpose of education should be for one’s personal, community and country’s development. The educated is likely to become productive members of society by engaging in activities that will foster development, create opportunities and promote policies that will enhance democratization of their country. The researcher found that neither the colonial nor post colonial purposes of education policies were specifically designed to develop the country. While the colonial education policies were designed to fulfill the needs of the colonial system, the post-colonial policies are primarily based on academia which is designed for the export market due to the lack of available local vacancies for the acquired education and skills. The conclusions drawn from the fmdings suggests that a brain drain has emerged with the citizens of SVG being educated, either for education sake as a means of pride, mobility or to fill the market for qualified personnel overseas.

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