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School Fees

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what increases in school fees in Government-aided primary and secondary schools for Asian and European children have been made in Kenya since 1948; and whether there have been any increases on Income Tax and on revenue devoted to European and Asian education over the same period.

There have been no changes in the fees of Government-aided European schools since 1948 and a slight increase in fees in Government-aided Asian schools which has varied from school to school. Increases in the fees payable at Government schools both for Europeans and Asians were introduced on 1st January, 1949. I append a note of these changes, which involve detailed figures.There has been no increase in Income Tax during the period, nor is a specific part of the revenue allocated to European and to Asian education. I append an estimate of the rise in recurrent expenditure from Central Government funds on European and Asian Education.The following increases in Government school fees were introduced on 1st January, 1949:

European.—Primary tuition fees increased from £4 10s. to £9 per annum. Secondary tuition fees increased from £15 to £22 10s. per annum. Secondary boarding fees increased from £60 to £72 per annum. Primary boarding fees no change.
Asian.—Primary tuition fees ranging from 18 shillings to £3 12s. per annum, according to class, were increased to fees ranging from £1 16s. up to £5 8s. for boys and up to £4 1s. for girls. Secondary tuition fees £6 15s. increased to £7 4s. per annum for forms 1 and 2 and to £13 10s. for boys in forms 3 and 4.

The estimated rise in the net recurrent expenditure from Central Government funds as from 1948 until 1950 on European and Asian education has been (to the nearest thousand pounds) £68,000 and £79,000 respectively. The comparable rise for education for all races has been £300,000. These figures are estimated, as actual expenditure in 1950 is not yet known. Expenditure reimbursed by fees and expenditure on African primary education from local government funds is excluded.