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Teachers' Salaries, Nigeria

Volume 436: debated on Wednesday 30 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will take the appropriate action to see that satisfactory scales of salaries to non-Government teachers comparable to those of civil servants and Government teachers are paid in Nigeria.

The salary scales of non-Government teachers in Nigeria are of course a matter primarily for settlement locally between the parties concerned. I understand that negotiations are at present proceeding in Nigeria.

Is there any likelihood of the salaries paid to the Commission's teachers being made approximately the same as those of Government teachers?

I think the magnitude of this problem must be appreciated, and that it is likely to involve the Nigerian Government in an additional expenditure of £4 million.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that non-Government parties are not represented on the committee which is considering this matter, and will he secure representation for them on this committee?

There was a meeting, I think, about 10 days ago at which the representatives of all sections were present.