HC Deb 05 March 1930 vol 236 cc423-4

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will state the annual expenditure on the education of European children in Kenya Colony and the number of children receiving such education; and whether any part of this expenditure is met out of the taxation of natives?


According to the latest Annual Report of the Kenya Education Department the figures for 1928 were as follow:

(a) Recurrent expenditure on European education exclusive of a share in costs of Administration £42,294
(b) Extraordinary expenditure (special equipment) £620
(c) Average roll at Government schools for Europeans 740
(d) Average roll at non-Government schools for Europeans—
(i) Aided schools 160
(ii) Private schools 188

The practice followed by the Government of Kenya is that the net cost of European education (exclusive of overhead expenditure) is met from special taxation paid by that community.


asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, seeing that the proposal to reduce the Government grant for girls' schools in Kenya to an amount not exceeding 50s. per girl per annum will have the result that the grants received for certain mission schools will be cut down to one-third of the amounts hitherto paid, and in view of the facts that have recently come to light respecting the conditions of native women in Kenya and certain other African Colonies, he will consider the advisability of substantially increasing, rather than reducing, the expenditure of Government on the education, medical and nursing services available to them?


The suggestion that the Government grants for girls' education in Kenya are being reduced is not understood. In this connection I would invite the hon. Member's attention to the reply which I gave on the 28th February to the hon. Member for Kinross and West Perth of which I am sending her a copy. My Noble Friend is anxious to do all that is possible not only in Kenya, but in the Colonies generally, for increasing the facilities for women in regard to the matters mentioned in the last part of the question.