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Teachers' Training

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what provision is being made by the Government of Kenya for the large-scale training of teachers; whether consideration has been given to the possibility of sending abroad for training students who do not possess Makerere qualifications; and what provisions exist for contribution to such schemes to be made by local native authorities.

There are at present 34 Teachers' Training Centres in Kenya with a total enrolment of 967, of whom 686 will complete their training this year. Further centres are being established and the target for 1957 is to have 52 centres in all with an annual output of 1,300 trained teachers. With regard to the second part of the Question, the normal requirement is that candidates should possess Makerere qualifications. But a suitable and specially worthy candidate not so qualified may be given a bursary for further training. One such candidate is being recommended this year. The finance of both these schemes is the responsibility of the central Government and any resources available to local authorities for education are normally devoted to provision for primary schools.