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194 The African student is more politically conscious at Fort Hare than any non-European student at any South African university... The outstanding political contributors were the students who came from the Native territories of the Union [of South Africa] , the large towns and the Transkei,.. For the African [as distinct from Coloured anti Indian students) , Fort Hare is a hive of political activity, lIe questions freely and openly every suggestion made by the European, whether lecturer or visitor ,..

Nearly half the student intake was made up of those who took this diploma course. Most trained teachers came from one of the 26 colleges in South Africa which provided the necessary certificates or diplomas. At the outbreak of the second world war there were 3,500 pupils enrolled for such courses. Some had only completed primary school, others had some secondary schooling. " Both the colleges of education and the University College of Fort Hare were segregated institutions (although a few Whites had been enrolled at Fort Hare).

The Natal government set up 19 nission reserves, each of which was under the exclusive control of one mission society, In thesc reserves, held in 'trust' for the Africans, the missionaries had the sole right to use of the labour avail able, and they also set up schools and churches. In 1856 a government ordinance laid down guidelines for African education in Natal, which made ptovision for religious education, instruction in the Eiglish language and industrial training. Edocalion was administered directly by the Governor and finances for the schools were provided by reserve funds.

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