HC Deb 29 November 1917 vol 99 c2258W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that in the Colony of Sierra Leone two Government schools received a Grant of £6,560, with an average attendance of about 250 pupils, while all the other denominational schools receive only the sum of £4,160, with an average attendance of 8,000 pupils; whether the Government in that Colony favour Mahomedanism, paying Mahomedan teachers a salary while they refuse to pay Christian teachers any salary, and if they have notified the latter that their bonuses will be discontinued; whether the Bo School in Sierra Leone is a non-Christian school where no Christian doctrine is taught; whether this school receives a larger Grant than all the other schools put together, seeing that the Vote for the Bo School in 1917 was £4,400, and all other schools £4,160; and if he will explain why pupils of the Bo non-Christian school receive nearly £40 per head and the Government model school, 75 per cent. of which is Mahomedan, £20 per head, while the Christian schools receive only about 10s. per head on the average?


The information in my possession does not enable me to give a complete reply to the hon. Member, and I am asking the Governor of Sierra Leone for a report on the matter.