News Article By Kenneth Ridley, taken from: Tanganyika Standard; Sunday News, March 1st, 1959


Domestic science is taught at present in a vacant staff bungalow. It is interesting to note that at times paraffin stoves are used for cooking; a little knowledge and practice would have saved the patience of many a housewife in the back of beyond if she had been taught to use such a stove.

At the other extreme, the girls have one of the latest and this type of washing machine.

During sewing lessons, they have made aprons for themselves and are now starting what will give them

probably more pleasure -- frocks for their new social hours.

Lastly there are the staff houses -- or more properly bungalows, but only the housemasters hand house mistresses have a to storey home. Many of the staff quarters still have an impersonal look about them.

So much time and energy is devoted to the children that members of staff have had to postpone the small chores that are needed in home making.

Discipline

On several verandas still stood packing cases which had bought household furnishings from Britain. And there is still lingers some bitterness about the time taken by customers to release the cases.

Apart from one deficiency the staff housing is adequate. The most noticeable lack is in the provision of a study. "We feel that the people who designed in this place did not bother to consult educationists on what they wanted. It is a fantastic fact that not one of the staff houses has a study. No schoolmaster, even if he has a room in the school building, want to do all his reading in the school."

Measures or have already being put into force that will lead, it is hoped, to a kind of self-government of the children. Foremost among these measures is the imposition of a strict discipline.

The supervision by the staff it is around today as it was when it opened in January. Not until the prefect system is working smoothly hand efficiently will the staff relax their tight hold.

The headmaster's idea is to start the children of and there is minimum of leisure time. As they learn how to conduct themselves and to work when they are expected to work, then and only then will the regulations be eased.

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