HC Deb 18 February 1953 vol 511 cc134-5W
59. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many secondary school systems are in operation in Malaya; what provision is made for Malay and Tamil children to attend a secondary school; and if he will prepare a comprehensive scheme through which the three sections, Malays, Chinese and Tamils, can pass to the university.

Mr. Lyttelton

Three. There are schools maintained from Government funds, schools aided from Government funds, and other, private, institutions. The provision made by Government for Malay and Tamil children to attend secondary schools includes the maintaining and aiding of schools and there are also special provisions for free education, the remission of fees, the grant of scholarships, the payment of maintenance grants and the running of hostels for Malay children. Under the existing educational system, which is expanding rapidly, there are already facilities enabling students to pass on to the university irrespective of race, whether Malay, Chinese or Tamil.

60. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many students were accepted into the University of Malaya last year; how many were trained abroad because the university was unable to accept them; and what is being done to provide a university for the Chinese section of the community.

Mr. Lyttelton

162 new students were admitted to the University of Malaya in 1952: in addition 43 graduates were admitted to honours courses. I cannot answer the second part of the Question because there are many other reasons which may have influenced individual students in choosing to study abroad. The University of Malaya is available for the Chinese as for any other section of the community, and in fact more than half the students last year were Chinese.