Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
We therefore recommend that the local Governments concerned should convene a representative conference of both parties at an early date with a view to surveying the ground and deciding the particular contribution of each to the desired end. There is the example in Ceylon of a scheme whereby the estates make themselves responsible for me building, maintenance and equipment of suitable schools, whenever there are resident on the estates 25 or more children between the ages of 6 and 10 years, the Government contributing the salary of the teacher and general supervision of the curriculum and organisation. We are aware that in Assam and the Dooars the supply of teachers and the decision as to the vernacular to be taught present problems which give rise to practical difficulties: but we believe that, with the inauguration of a general scheme of this kind throughout the industry, these difficulties will be found capable of gradual elimination. Co-operation between the industry and the local Governments could be further extended by agreement from he very outset on a curriculum suited to the type of worker to be found on the plantations. We do not suggest that the normal syllabus, which in some oases is possibly too urbanised for the Type of pupil concerned, should necessarily be introduced, but rather one having a definite agricultural bias likely to instil into the pupil a greater keenness and aptitude for the work that lies before him. The three R's and elementary hygiene should form the basis of the syllabus.