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'File 34/2 I Director of Education at Bahrain' [‎107r] (224/447)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (222 folios). It was created in 19 Jun 1944-18 Jun 1947. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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The British Council, ■ <- ^
3, Hanover Street,
•3/^ London, W # 1,
3423/46 « 13th May, 1946,
Dear Harrison,
Will you please refer to your letter of 13th April
(EXT /2503A6).
(2) We note that the candidature of Downes for the post of
Director of Education, Bahrein has fallen through. We are
ourselves attempting to find a suitable man for the post for
next autumn. We had been intending to nominate one of our Iraq
officials but the man we had thought of is not available. We
may now nominate another of our present officials or may propose
a fresh appointment.
(3) A great difficulty is that the present emoluments
attached to the post are insufficient to attract a man of the
necessary attainments. This tends to exclude the possibility
of a transfer from our staff in Middle Eastern countries as
the present allowances for our staff in these countries are
higher than those which would be enjoyed by the man filling
this post under present arrangements, and as, further, our
Middle Eastern staff are well aware of the disadvantages of
service in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ,
(4) The rate of Local Allowance -which since 1943 we have
applied to determine the salary of an official of the British
Council seconded to the Bahrein post is 56 per cent tapered.
(We have a tapered system of Local Allowance, hereafter referred
to as T. L, A. ) This would give a G -rade III bachelor official
of age 30, with a basic salary of £490, total emoluments of
£737* Together with that he would receive the free partly
furnished quarters provided by the Bahrein G-overnment, If
the post were upgraded to II, a bachelor official would receive
£997, a married and accompanied official would receive £1,204,
in addition to free quarters.
The/
k..K. Harrison, Esq, ,
India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. ,
Whitehall, S ,W. 1.

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This file contains correspondence between British officials regarding their attempts to appoint a Director of Education in Bahrain to replace the outgoing director F James Wakelin, a secondee from the British Council.

Much of the correspondence is between British officials in the Gulf and British Council officials in the Middle East and London. Several potential replacements for Wakelin are mentioned and the status of education in Bahrain more broadly is discussed. The file also contains information regarding the British Council's expenditure and activities in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. region during this period.

The file also contains details of a visit made to the UK by Ahmed Al Omran, the Deputy Director of Education in Bahrain, between 22 July and 18 September 1946. A detailed copy of the programme of events arranged for Al Omran by the British Council is contained on folios 176-179.

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1 volume (222 folios)
Arrangement

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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Condition: A bound correspondence volume.

Foliation: The file's main foliation sequence commences at the first page of text and terminates at the last page of text; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A second foliation sequence is present between ff. 1-200; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

Circled index numbers written using blue/red crayon and black/red ink can also be found throughout the volume.

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English in Latin script
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