HC Deb 19 June 1958 vol 589 cc1304-5
34. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress the Resident of Zanzibar has made in appointing the Committee to make an examination of the educational problems of the Protectorate.

Mr. Profumo

The Committee consisting of fourteen members under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary held its first meeting on 16th May.

Mr. Johnson

Will special attention be paid to African education? Is he not aware that there are 200,000 Africans in Zanzibar but that in the last ten years only 44 boys have finished their secondary school courses and that only one young man is now in the United Kingdom for higher education? Is not this an impossible state of affairs, especially since the African Nationalist Party gained power in the last election?

Mr. Profumo

The terms of reference of the Committee, as the hon. Gentleman knows, are fairly wide and we had better await its report.

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