HC Deb 02 February 1955 vol 536 c123W
99. Mr. Willey

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will take steps to prevent the lowering of the school-leaving age in Mauritius.

101. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why it is proposed to reduce the school-leaving age for children in Mauritius from 14 to 11 years of age.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

No school-leaving age is prescribed by law or by the educational code in Mauritius. The recent reorganisation is intended to make it possible to take the primary syllabus in six years instead of seven by stabilising the age of entry and by consequential rearrangement of classes. Children starting at five plus should complete their course at 11 plus, when they can pass on to some form of secondary education or remain in the primary school.