HC Deb 20 January 1959 vol 598 cc17-8
27. Miss Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider opening a school for social studies in East Africa.

Mr. J. Amery

Education to degree standard in sociology, economics and government is already provided at Makerere College, where there is a Department of Social Studies, and the East African Institute of Social Research under a single director, who is a professor of sociology. If my hon. Friend will let me know what sort of school she has in mind, I will consult the East African Governments.

Miss Vickers

Does not the hon. Gentleman thing it better for African students to take their complete degrees in their country of origin, where they can have the understanding of their people, rather than come here first for postgraduate work? It is difficult to assimilate knowledge here and then go back with it to their own people if they have not first had the proper background.

Mr. Amery

As I said, degree standard can be obtained in Makerere College and in the East African Institute of Social Research.