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Title:The primary school leaver in Africa
Author:Tregear, P.S.
Periodical:Nada: The Southern Rhodesia Native Affairs Department Annual
Geographic terms:English-speaking Africa
West Africa
Subject:school leavers
Abstract:This article examines the implications of principles enunciated in two phrases which have relevance generally in Africa: 'Primary Education is not an end in itself but only a means to an end' and 'every child of average ability and normal age should be able to look forward to passing through the primary to a secondary school and a rewarding career'. The dilemma and the crux of the problem lies in the fact that now - and for many years to come - the resources of all underdeveloped countries will bo inadequate to support the provision of secondary education for all, the hopes raised by the second phrase - encouraging every pupil in a primary school (for there are no pupils of less than average ability in their own on their parents' estimation) to expect a secondary education - and thereafter a successful career - are doomed to frustration in the great majority of cases.