Secondary Education

Oral Answers to Questions — Hong Kong – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 30th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many school pupils in Bechuanaland qualified last year for secondary education; how many of these pupils were able to secure places at secondary schools; how many qualified teachers there are at the secondary schools; and how many of these teachers are expatriates.

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

The figures are: 1,539; 535; 47; and 42. There are in addition seven A level volunteer teachers.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Would not my right hon. Friend agree that on the eve of independence this is a very sad state illustrating the dependence on external assistance? Can he assure us that in talks about independence there has been consideration of stepping up educational facilities in Bechuanaland?

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

As my hon. Friend knows, internal self-government has been with Bechuanaland since March last year. There is a question of priorities which that Government decide upon. I do not know that we can affect that at this stage.