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The Director of Education in the Orange River Colony in his Report for the year ending June, 1905, writes : “ The census which was taken during the year shows that there are in the Colony 37,000 children of school-going age, i.e., from 5 to 14. The total number attending Government Schools on the 30th June, as already stated, was 15,577. The numbers attending private schools containing more than ten pupils, all of which are supposed to be registered, appear to be about 1,000. This means that over 20,000, or more than one-half of the school population, receive no instruction, except such as may be given by parents or by older brothers and sisters."

In Rhodesia about 700, or one-half the number of children of school-going age, are receiving no instruction in Government or private schools.

Summarising the foregoing, we find that the approximate number of children of school-going age not attending any school in Cape Colony is 40,000 ; in Natal, 4,000 ; in Transvaal, 25,000 ; in Orange River Colony, 20,000 ; in Rhodesia, 700, making a total for South Africa of 89,700.

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Statistics of Government and Government-aided Schools in South Africa for the Year 1904-05.

Cape Colony

68,492

100,786

169,278

61,662

80,214

1,689

1,409

3,098

£
447,796

Transvaal

27,5912

9,000b

36,591

23,180

7,631

and Rhodesia

6,935
993,476

Totals

124,369

a Including about 1,000 coloured pupils.

b Approximate.

C 1904 census.

JOINT MEETING OF SECTIONS.

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