HC Deb 31 March 1960 vol 620 cc161-2W
61. Mr. Brockway

asked the Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations how many primary and secondary schools, respectively, there are in Basutoland and Bechuanaland; how many of these, respectively, are publicly supported in each country; in how many cases in each category and country racial segregation is practised; how many European, African, and coloured schools there are in each category and country; and what is the annual cost per child of the education of European, African and coloured pupils, respectively, in each country.

Mr. Alport

The following is the answer to the hon. Gentleman's five questions:

  1. 1. In Basutoland there are 1,054 primary schools, including 102 higher primary schools, and 21 secondary schools, including 3 with a first year course only. Of these schools, 881 primary and 16 secondary schools are supported in whole or in part by public funds.
  2. 2. In the Bechuanaland Protectorate there are 178 primary and 5 secondary schools, all of which are supported in whole or in part by public funds.
  3. 3. In Basutoland there are 4 primary schools where English is the only medium of instruction which are attended at present by European children only. In the Bechuanaland Protectorate 164 of the primary schools cater for Africans, 9 cater for Europeans and 5 cater for coloured children. The 5 secondary schools cater for Africans. About half the coloured children and some Indian children attend schools available primarily for Africans, and 2 coloured children attend a European school.
  4. 4. The annual cost per child is as follows:—

In Basutoland—

  • for English - medium primary schools £34;
  • for Sesuto-medium primary and secondary schools £4 14s. 0d.

In the Bechuanaland Protectorate—

  • in schools catering for European children—£77 per head.
  • in schools catering for coloured children—£12 5s. 0d. per head.
  • in schools catering for African children—£6 3s. 0d. per head.