§ Sir A. SINCLAIR
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the number of Jewish and of Arab primary schools in Palestine in the years 1920, 1925, and 1929; and how many of those schools in each class were supported by the Government?
§ Dr. SHIELS
It is not possible to give the precise particulars desired, but the following information may be of assistance. In the school year 1920–21 there were 166 Government (Arab) primary schools. In 1925 and in 1928, the last year for which the statistics are available, primary schools were as below:
— 1925. 1928. Government (Arab) 305 332 Non-Government: * Aided Others. Moslem 46 18 58 Jewish 225 236 84 Christian 152 79 155 * Number of schools aided in 1925 not stated.
A recent report stated that in 1929 the Government elementary schools included 49 town schools (which had increased in size and number since 1920) and 263 village schools, all of which had been opened or taken over since 1920.