HC Deb 12 November 1952 vol 507 cc50-1W
68. Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of Government schools in British Somaliland; the size of the population; and what proportions of it receive primary and secondary education.

Mr. Lyttelton

The answer to the first part of the Question is 17; to the second, approximately 640,000. There are 1,130 pupils at Government primary and intermediate schools and 50 at secondary schools, of whom 25 are maintained by Government at schools abroad. In addition, approximately 1,300 pupils receive education of a pre-primary standard at 42 Government-aided Koranic schools.

Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what provision is made for education in the British Somaliland Protectorate; how many elementary, secondary and higher schools, respectively, are in operation there; and how many pupils, Somali and other, attend each class of school.

Mr. Lyttelton

The financial provision during 1952–53 is for estimated expenditure of £48,511 from Protectorate funds and, in addition, for special expenditure of £17,000 from the Colonial Development and Welfare vote.

There are 13 Government elementary schools with 815 pupils (765 Somalis and 50 others), three Government intermediate schools, including one trade training school with 315 pupils (303 Somalis and 12 others) and one junior secondary school with 25 Somali pupils.

In addition, there are 42 Koranic schools, grant-aided by Government, providing education of a pre-primary standard for approximately 1,300 pupils; one small Government-aided European primary school (14 pupils) and a small Indian school (37 pupils). Twenty-five Somalis are maintained by Government in technical and secondary education at schools abroad.