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Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 17 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make available to Namibians aid to help implement their desire to substitute English for Afrikaans as the lingua-franca.

Britain has been providing training for Namibians in various subjects for the past three years. Starting this year, we have organised and are financing a

First TestRetestsAll Tests
Motor VehiclesTrailersMotor VehiclesTrailers
No. Tested522,493202,624115,14729,994870,258
Percentage Fail20·6714·018·717·9317·01
The main reasons for failure were as follows:

Motor VehiclesPercentage of vehicles inspected
1. Service brake performance6·768
2. Secondary brake performance6·194
3. Parking brake performance5·575

special two-year course in the United Kingdom for 14 Namibian students who are working for a diploma in the teaching of English overseas.

In addition, we are providing a package of assistance to the Churches' English language project in Namibia, including consultancy advice, books and training in the United Kingdom for six local project staff. We are currently recruiting an English language expert to continue work on curriculum development for Namibian administration trainees and teacher trainers at the United Nations institute for Namibia in Lusaka.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what facilities the Government have provided for sponsoring students from inside Namibia for scholarships to study in the United Kingdom.

Students resident in Namibia can be nominated for United Kingdom training awards to the British Embassy in South Africa by political parties or other interested groups within the country. Namibians resident elsewhere can be nominated to British Council offices in their country of residence.