THE EDITOR, Sir:
I was shocked when I found out the male-female ratio at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The ratio in the annual report showed that on average, 70 per cent of the population was females.
Males are now becoming extinct in tertiary-level education. Male marginalisation is no joke. This societal cancer has grown over the years and we will see further failure in our society if not removed with the correct procedure.
Mentorship is a powerful move forward, as there exist all-male halls at the university willing to mentor these youth. The Ministry of Education can have these males mentoring schools to encourage males to become part of the university.
Workshops should be held and days selected where prominent male figures of society visit schools to speak with and encourage these young men. We also need to pay that extra attention to our males in schools and in the community.
If this is not done, the males will follow closely in the footsteps of that of the dodo, and will we then stand and say we should have done something?
Chancellor Hall, UWI