Technical Training, East Africa

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th October 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East 12:00 am, 18th October 1944

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, now that Makerere has ceased to function as a technical training school and, in view of the future need for assistant civil and mechanical engineers, surveyors, stenographers, book-keepers and so on, he will review what facilities exist for technical and vocational training for African youth of both sexes throughout the East African Colonies, with a view to the formulation of a comprehensive scheme on a regional basis and at suitable centres for an extension in these directions in coming years as and when instructors and equipment become available.

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

Full professional training will, I hope, be on a regional basis and the question of establishing a school of civil engineering at Makerere is now under consideration. Other vocational and technical education is generally best treated as a territorial responsibility and all the Governments concerned have planned, or are considering plans, for greatly expanded facilities for those purposes.