Confidential report on the tour by the DDG
Discusses problem with education in these areas, politics being
one of theme:
'In return for political support in the streets and everywhere
students receive concessions, forced from the educational authorities,
in respect of entry to the universities, standards of examinations
Large pool of graduates who are disillusioned and 'unwilling
to serve in relatively humble positions at first...[the main problems
is] there is little or no attempt, whether by government or in
the universities to organise the employment of university men
in the best interests of either their country or themselves...(except)
young technician who is trained by an oil company and returns
to a specific job, the young doctor or scientist who have a hospital
or laboratory ready to receive him...for the others,...the future
is less certain'
British policy is to fill as many of these educational posts
with Englishmen ' as experience shows that in most cases the influence
of such men is out of all proportion to the numbers'
'An intellectual Pakistani remarked to me that three traces
of British influence were certain to remain in his country - the
use of the English language, the tradition of the Indian army
and the practice of English law.'
The DDG's comments on 'The English type Schools' i.e., Aitcheson,
'These schools are centres of British influence, even when there
are no British there: it is our business to strengthen them as
such centres and the introduction of good English staff is the
best way to do it'
Includes a detailed review of the 'top schools' - Aitcheson,
Karachi Grammar, Military and Kadet schools.
In a confidential report of visit to West Pakistan:
' The resources of the British Council in men and money are
minute in relation to the opportunity and the demands...I think
it is necessary therefore to accept the hard fact that we must
concentrate our attention on people who in their respective spheres
exercise, or are likely to exercise, influence.
We must seek to add strength to the strong, not rescue the weak.
Picking winners, whether individuals or institutions, is part
of the British Council officers job. The goods we offer must be
of high quality, not mass-produced: and the appeal must be to
those likely to influence opinion and not, except indirectly,
to the masses.'