HC Deb 26 May 1960 vol 624 cc649-51
1. Mr. Emery

asked the Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations how many teachers for primary and secondary education are now employed in the Bechuanaland Protectorate; and what are their monthly salaries.

The Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (Mr. Richard Thompson)

At the beginning of 1960, 1,022 primary and 38 secondary teachers were employed in the Bechuanaland Protectorate.

I will, with permission, circulate the Answer to the second part of the Question, which contains a number of figures, in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Emery

While I am grateful for that reply, may I ask my hon. Friend if he can say whether the figures that he will circulate are lower than the average throughout the rest of South Africa? My information is that they are, and this makes it particularly difficult for teachers to stay in Bechuanaland. Can my hon. Friend also say, on the figures that he has given, how many, in fact, are Africans and how many are Europeans?

Mr. Thompson

I think that my hon. Friend had perhaps better look at the figures, which will enable him to appreciate the position more accurately. In reply to his supplementary question, I would say that the salaries of all Government teachers were improved last year as a result of the recommendations in the Surridge Report.

Mr. Brockway

Is the hon. Gentleman able to say what is the difference in the monthly salaries of teachers in the European, the coloured and the African schools?

Mr. Thompson

Not without notice, but I think that if the hon. Gentleman will study the figures he will get some information.

Following are the figures:

Unqualified Teachers
Men £3–£6 Monthly
Women £2 10s.-£4 10s. Monthly
Qualified (non-Graduate) Teachers
Men £6–£77 Monthly
Women £5–£63 Monthly
Graduate Teachers
Men £35–£119 Monthly
Women £35–£95 Monthly
Head Teachers (Primary School) £53–£96 Monthly
Head Teachers (Secondary Schools) £80–£128 Monthly

2. Mr. Emery

asked the Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations what is being done to increase the number of teachers and the educational facilities within the Bechuanaland Protectorate.

Mr. R. Thompson

The salaries of Government teachers have been increased and the High Commissioner has arranged for a review of salaries of non-Government teachers.

A Colonial Development and Welfare grant of £16,500 has been authorised for the construction of a hostel for African boys at St. Joseph's College, Khale. Other wider plans are under consideration, but I am not yet in a position to give details.

Mr. Emery

While thanking my hon Friend for that reply, may I say that I realise, and I hope that he realises, that other plans will be greatly appreciated as long as they are carried through in haste? Will my hon. Friend answer the question whether this will bring the facilities in the Bechuanaland Protectorate up to the standard in the other Protectorates in South Africa?

Mr. Thompson

We are certainly anxious to do that.

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