HC Deb 07 June 1951 vol 488 cc150-2W
Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to make a further statement on technical education in East Africa.

Mr. J. Griffiths

I have recently announced the grant of £150,000 from Colonial Development and Welfare funds towards the capital cost of establishing a new technical college at Nairobi which will serve students of all races from all the East African territories and should, in due course, provide facilities for the training of 1,500 full-time and 1,000 part-time students.

A grant of £100,000 from the same source has been made towards the cost of the Institute of Muslim Education at Mombasa, which was opened last year and is designed to cater for the special needs of Coast Muslims of all races. In a number of technical and commercial subjects the Institute will provide courses in preparatory grades which will fit the students for more advanced work in the Nairobi College. It will itself cater for advanced study in nautical subjects.

These two colleges will together provide the apex of a broadly based system of technical training and education throughout East Africa. The reports of my adviser on technical education on his visit to East Africa contain a number of important recommendations for the organisation of trade training centres and territorial apprenticeship schemes, and these are being studied by the Colonial Governments concerned.