HC Deb 15 December 1960 vol 632 cc569-70
1. Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the current annual output of students, in Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, respectively, who have completed their secondary education.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Iain Macleod)

The figures for African students are 1,159 and 1,127 respectively. European secondary education is Federal.

Mr. Fisher

Could my right hon. Friend give the figure of African children receiving secondary education as a percentage of the total number of secondary education age? I believe that it is about 1 per cent. What plans has he to increase the numbers in the near future?

Mr. Macleod

The percentage is certainly small. I could not calculate it offhand. I will, with permission, write to my hon. Friend about that.

2. Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how much money is made available annually by Her Majesty's Government for secondary education in Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia, respectively.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Over the last five years Her Majesty's Government have made grants for secondary educational projects totalling £204,625, for Nyasaland and £153,316 for Northern Rhodesia. The yearly figures I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Fisher

Does my right hon. Friend think that that is enough money, especially in the context of the gradual transference of power to an African majority in these Territories? Would not he agree that a crash programme of secondary education in these two Colonies is most urgently needed, and that any additional money which may be available for education generally should perhaps be spent on secondary education?

Mr. Macleod

I think that I agree with all of that. Certainly the people of the Territories give high priority to this matter. Her Majesty's Government do not devote fixed annual sums to these purposes. We make grants from Colonial Development and Welfare Funds, and it is for the Territories themselves to decide their priorities.

Following are the details: These totals show the details of grants made to Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia during the last five financial years:
1955–56 Description of Scheme 1959–60 Description of Scheme
£ £
37,950 Mzozo Secondary School 76,500 Construction of secondary school for girls at Lilongwe.
55,154 Artisan Training School
35,021 Dedza Secondary School
128,125 76,500
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