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Seychelles has since its independence adopted a policy of friend to all and enemy to none, so the first series of articles to retrace the history SPUP from 1964 to 1976 is to benefit the youth who have to learn about the history of their country.

A Vision Of The FutureSPUP Policy Statement.

Constitutional Changes
SELF-GOVERNMENT NOW

The Party aims at achieving independence for our country within the shortest possible time. The British Government will be pressed hard both here and abroad to effect the necessary constitutional changes that will take the country to independence. The Party realises that in view of the neglect of the British Administration in training competent administrative staff, the country will have to go through the stage of Self-Government for a short period but it feels that all necessary steps must be taken to lead the country peacefully to independence.
The Party will therefore PRESS for immediate SELF-GOVERNMENT to be followed as soon as possible by full INDEPENDENCE.

FUTURE CONSTITUTION

The future constitution of the country after achieving independence must be previously worked out in detail.

The Party aims at establishing a Government of the People, for the People and by the People and in order to establish this proposes that the country be divided into some twenty constituencies (the exact number to be worked out after detailed figures of population have been studied.)
Each constituency will then elect ONE representative, such election to be on the basis of one man, one vote. The elected body of some twenty representatives will constitute the House of Representatives and will be the legislative council of the country.
The elected members of the House of Representatives will elect the Prime Minister of the country who will then choose his ministers to form the Cabinet which will become the Executive Body. In this way the representatives of the people will have complete control of the affairs of the country.
After independence the country will be faced with pressing and urgent problems for the solution of which the available national resources, both human and otherwise, must be mobilised.
The situation will be analogous to a state of emergency and only a strong Central Government, deeply rooted in the people and embracing popular organisations such as Trade Unions and Cooperatives, will be able to implement harmoniously its programme. The Government must rest on the firm foundation of mass support and the leadership must consult continually with the people to ensure that its plans in all matters are understood and are in accordance with the popular will.

Education

Literacy is the very foundation of our development. Until every Seychellois man and woman can read and write and can have a conception of the world in which he lives no progress can be made in achieving a higher standard of living.
We need scientists, doctors, engineers and other qualified men and women in order to develop every available resource in the country. Until every Seychellois is literate we will be presuming too much in assuming that we can achieve a great deal. We must imbue into the hearts of every child in this country the necessity for education and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
We must develop our system of education to such an extent that no one will ever say as thousands of us are now saying “we could not afford it”.
Where education is concerned everybody must be able to afford for anybody. The nation as a whole must ensure that every young man and woman born on our soil receives the highest possible education that he can achieve or wish to achieve.
The principle that some sections of society have more right to education than others has  no place  in a  country which aims at equality. The necessity to educate only a minority of the people does not exist in a country with a socialist background.
Our aim therefore is to eliminate all elements that tend to create barriers to some children in their effort to achieve a sound education. The most important of these elements is the system of fee paying schools that is, to a large extent, current in our present educational system.
The Party intends to undertake a radical revision of this system. On a long term basis it proposes to integrate all private schools into state schools. This policy, however, must necessarily be implemented in degrees. The primary aim is to ensure that every child receives at least a full, free and equal primary education.
The education that a child receives at primary level forms the basis of his future intellectual development and our system of primary education must make every effort to give to our youngsters not only a course of instruction in the present “get on if you can” attitude, but a sound basic education into which is poured a sense of respect, responsibility, dignity and pride combined with a thorough grasp of the various subjects which are taught to him. Perhaps the most difficult task in this respect is to achieve an equal standard throughout our system of primary education.
The primary education which is now available in the parishes is far below the standard of the fee-paying schools. Conscious of the danger of lowering the standard now prevailing at the fee-paying schools, the Party will strive to raise the standard of the other schools to the higher level before attempting to raise the national level.
One answer to this lies, of course, in the provision of facilities for the training of qualified and efficient primary school teachers, and this raises the problem of recruiting teachers.
Young men and women who have the ability, promise and aptitude should be given every possible encouragement to take up teaching as a profession and a national campaign will be launched immediately to bring to the minds of young people the beauty and dignity of the teaching profession. We must make sure that our teachers are adequately rewarded and no effort should be spared in providing the best possible conditions of work to them.

October 1964

 

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