HC Deb 21 June 1939 vol 348 c2237
84. Mr. de Rothschild

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Government of Kenya propose to withdraw the State grant, amounting to £12,430, to elementary schools in the Colony; what are the reasons for this proposal; and from what sources is it intended the funds of the schools should be recouped for the amount of the grant withdrawn?

Sir T. Inskip

The question appears to be based on a misunderstanding. The policy followed by the Government of Kenya for the past few years has been gradually to take over from the local native councils the responsibility for financing primary schools, and thus to release the councils' funds for elementary schools, the Government grants to which are reduced in the same proportion. This policy does not result in any decrease in the total grant made from Government funds towards African education, but only effects a redistribution of the amounts granted by the Government and by the native councils as between primary and elementary schools.