HC Deb 13 December 1950 vol 482 cc1140-1
23. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will define the part that the voluntary agencies are to play in the development of African primary education in Kenya; and, in particular, whether new schools to be built and equipped by African local native councils will be run by the missions.

Mr. J. Griffiths

It is the policy of the Government of Kenya to continue to work through voluntary agencies in the reorganisation and expansion of African education. African local native councils will continue to run their own schools though they may make grants towards building and equipping voluntary agency schools. Increased inspection and supervision will ensure that these schools maintain the required standards of educational efficiency.

Mr. Johnson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that while Africans are very much indebted to the missions for the work they have done in the past, and for the work being done today, they feel that the time has now come when they could play a much larger part and organise their own services?

Mr. Griffiths

I have no doubt that in the future that will be the line of development.

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