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Aden (Language Teaching)

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies his reasons for declining to promote a common language, English or Arabic, for Aden.

There is no marked desire for a common language in the Government and aided schools in Aden, except for the purpose of entry into the Government Upper Secondary School. English would be the only possible common language, but the teaching of it by private schools could not reasonably be made a condition of grant in aid.