Shirley Graham-Paul

Born: Not given

Kingston, Jamaica

Date of interview: 6th June 2006

Map showing where Shirley Graham-Paul came from

What age where you when you started at school Shirley?

... In the junior in the baby school I call it, we call it kindergarten, I could have been about four-ish, three four-ish and that's when you paid privately ... and then when I was five I went to ... no it was seven you went to the older school, the big school we call it and ... then ... the private education carried on. When I was eleven I was transferred to the senior school.

The educational system was really good and the teachers weren't like teachers today, they were very strict so you had to do as you're told. Also ... the competition between children, now they don't want you to compete, but in our time ... we competed with each other. and there were three of us, no two of us, a boy and myself, I remember vividly, we were counted as the best writers. So every Friday all the notice from the school would be given to us and we would write up and put it on the notice board ... And as an incentive of learning or ... you know being strong in your education ... at the weekend we offered it the best of my class, we got a prize. So it could be anything. It could be a book, it could be rulers, pens ... whatever, but it's an incentive to encourage each of us to do well.