HC Deb 13 June 1956 vol 554 c574
29. Mrs. White

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many European. Asian and African children in Tanganyika reach standard XII; and what proportion they are of the estimated population of the appropriate age.

Mr. Hare

The numbers of children in standard XII in the present academic year are African 133, Asian 262, European 43 and other non-native, including Goan, 16. The age groups in the latest census are too wide to enable the information requested in the second part of the Question to be provided.

Mrs. White

As this is one of the major qualifications proposed for the franchise in Tanganyika, would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the standard is ridiculously high? Should it not be reconsidered?

Mr. Hare

I will certainly listen to what the hon. Lady says, but I would point out that we hope that these numbers will be increased. She will be aware that on 25th April this year a new five-year education plan was announced, and secondary education will benefit under it.