HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 cc210-1W
Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to carry out the proposal of the United Nations organisation visiting mission for creating a system of interracial primary and secondary education with teaching in a common language in Dar-es-Salaam and other urban centres.

Mr. J. Griffiths

The suggestion was recently endorsed by the Trusteeship Council in its report on the Tanganyika Annual Report for 1948. The Council's recommendation has been referred to the Tanganyika Government for consideration. There would, however, be formidable practical difficulties in establishing inter-racial schools in Tanganyika, particularly at the primary level, at which the medium of instruction is the vernacular of the pupil. At the secondary stage the language difficulty would be less formidable, but at present it is not possible to state whether the establishment of inter-racial secondary schools will be practicable.