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The paper states that the school a child attends can also determine whether that child is more likely to be an offender, although the school cannot be responsible for the child committing an offence. The prevalence of students being offenders varies significantly among secondary schools in the Jamaican education system. However, in light of the reported problems affecting most of the secondary schools, this paper seeks to ascertain whether there is a noticeable difference in the number of children who attend traditional high schools becoming young offenders in comparison to children who attend other types of secondary schools in Jamaica.
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