HC Deb 13 July 1959 vol 609 cc10-1W
Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the entry of Kenya Africans to Makerere College at post-school certificate stage has been cut from 97 in 1958 to 68 in 1959; what is to happen to the balance of 54 students who passed school certificate in the first division in 1958; and what similar economies have been made in awarding scholarships for higher education to European and Asian students in Kenya.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

pursuant to his reply 23rd April, 1959 [OFFICIAL REPORT, Vol. 604, c. 595], supplied the following further information:

On the latest information available, 87 Kenya African students will be admitted to Makerere College in 1959–60. of whom 77 are at school certificate level and 10 are at G.C.E. (A) level. Of the balance of 54 African students who have passed school certificate in the first division but who are not going to Makerere, 41 will be admitted to the Royal Technical College, four will be undertaking teacher training, four will undertake other specialised training, and one will be going to the United States for further study. This leaves only four students whose future is still undecided.

All entrants to the Royal Technical College and Makerere College are selected by the Colleges purely on merit in open competition and without regard to race. Any economies therefore apply to all races. It so happens that European and Asian students from Kenya have secured a slight increase in the proportion of entries, but this is not the result of any decision of policy. The majority of Kenya students entering both institutions will continue to be Africans.

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