24. Mr. Philips Price
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he is taking to improve the supply of teachers, both African and European, in Kenya for primary, secondary and technical education.
§ Mr. Hare
I have recently approved a grant of £45,000 from colonial development and welfare funds to meet half the cost of a new teacher training college for 240 women in Kenya. This is only a part of the expansion scheme now in progress for which the Kenya Government have allocated £200,000 for capital expenditure during the current financial year.
The number of primary and intermediate teachers in training has arisen from 538 in 1945 and 1,098 in 1950 to 2,459 in 1955. In addition, there are 26 Kenya students in the Faculty of Education of the University College of East Africa, and it is hoped that many of the students at the newly opened Royal Technical College in Nairobi will take up teaching. Recruitment of teachers from the United Kingdom is difficult owing to the shortage here, but 80 were recruited last year.