Excerpt from The Living Age, Vol. 313: April 29, 1922
Almost all the Native schools in South Africa are conducted by mission bodies with financial assistance from the Provincial Governments. In the Cape, however, there are a number of schools, especially in urban areas, controlled by the school boards, while in Natal the Provincial Department of Education conducts fifty Native schools with the help of school committees. There is a growing demand from the Natives for state, as opposed to mission, education.
For the most part, the schools are con ducted in the church buildings erected by the Natives, which are, generally speaking, poorly built, ill-lighted and badly ventilated. The tradition of the narrow Gothic church window of Europe has been imposed upon a country where the climate is tropical, and among a people who, more than most, need ventilation and fresh air. This tradition gains the greater support from the fact that window glass is dear.
Lavatory and sanitary conveniences are almost entirely lacking in the ordinary schools, except in the towns. The children in the schools, almost without exception, wear European clothes; and when, during the war, clothing was so expensive and the authorities were willing to allow the chil dren to come to school in their primitive clothing of skins, the tradition of European clothing for school was so strong that no ad vantage was taken of the concession.
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