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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1362 (January 1943 - December 1943)' [‎293r] (35/72)

The record is made up of 1 volume (35 folios). It was created in 1944. 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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proved remarkably successful. The vocabulary of 850 words has a very extensive range embracing
all subjects. The fact that a boy can keep up a continuous, if limited, conversation after six months
study provides a great stimulus to further effort. After three years the boy has a command of the
whole vocabulary and thus has access to the wide and ever growing library of works in Basic English.
On reaching the Secondary School he proceeds from Basic to wider English.
Basic English is peculiarly suited to the study of Science and Mathematics as the very economy
of words leads to directness and clarity ; all Secondary Schoolboys were made to go through the full
course before embarking on the usual syllabus.
Medical. Owing to the shortage of medical staff the Schools' Doctor attended the schools
for the first three months of the year only. Drugs and first-aid materials have been supplied regularly
and were administered by the Headmasters.
There is no improvement in the state of the schoolboys' eyes. Daily 25% attend the various
dispensaries which necessitates an absence of from one to two hours.
Head diseases have been almost entirely eradicated. No boy is allowed to wear a head shawl
in the class room unless he is infected. It is now considered a disgrace to sit with the head covered
and this has lead to rapid improvement in the cleanliness of heads and ears.
Equipment. Considerable difficulty has been experienced in obtaining adequate supplies
of stationery and other equipment. The normal source of supply is India, but owing to the restrictions
which have been imposed it has been extremely difficult to obtain even the essential minimum.
In Muharram a consignment was received from India which had been ordered nearly a year
before. Only half of our original requisition was allowed. This stock is running very low. Further
material is on order but it is held up until a permit can be obtained to export it from India.
Throughout the year the British Council in London and Cairo rendered invaluable assistance
by the purchase and despatch of school books and other educational material.
British Council Assistance. The assistance given to the Government of Bahrain by the
British Council falls under five headings :—
(a) An annual grant of £500 towards the salary of the Director of Education.
(b) A scholarship of £75 per annum at the American University, Beirut, for a boy chosen
from the Secondary School.
(c) Books and periodicals to the value of £150 presented to the Public and School Libraries.
{d) A grant of £50 for the purchase of an epidiascope which will be sent out from England.
{e) The purchase and transporting to Bahrain of school books and other educational material
on behalf of the Government. During the past year we have received not less than 4,000
school books in Arabic and English, in addition to 250 Arabic works for the Public
Public Library. A Public Library was opened at the end of the year, the money having
been provided from the proceeds of the Secondary School play earlier in the year. At present it
contains about 250 Arabic and 200 English books. There are, as yet, no facilities for lending books,
but arrangements are being made to introduce these in the very near future, when the Library will be
open for all Service Personnel as well as Bahrain is.
The Reading Room is the large north room of the Education Department Offices. From 30
to 40 people make use of it each day ; so far no Europeans have visited it.

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This volume is the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the year 1362 AH (1943) and gives the details of the Revenue and Expenditure of the Bahrain State and contains notes on the activities of the various Government departments, as well as the budget 1363 and some particulars of importance which took place in Bahrain during the year. It includes text, photographic images, graphs and tables. The report appears to be compiled from reports from various Government departments and officials. An Index appears on folio 278r, followed by a General Review by Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (folio 279).

The contents are divided into the following sections and sub-sections:

  • Budget 1362 (folios 280r-281v): Revenue, Expenditure, Summary of Revenue and Expenditure for year 1362, and Statement of Revenue and Expenditure for year 1362;
  • The Diving Industry (folios 282r-282v);
  • Police and Public Security (folios 282v-284v): Strength, Duties, Uniform and Equipment, Rations, Police Pay, Jail, Crime, List of Police Prosecutions in the Bahrain Courts 1362, and List of Police Prosecutions in the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. Court 1362;
  • Public Health, report by Dr R H B Snow, State Medical Officer (folios 285r-290r): Bahrain Government Hospital (Male Statistics 1943, Short Notes on Statistics, Chief Out-Patients Diseases, Predominating Out-Patients' Diseases (Men), Male In-Patients, Male In-Patients, Bahrain Government Isolation Hospital, Total Male In-Patients, Results of Treatment, Major Operations, Minor Operations, Injections, Laboratory and X-Ray Statistics, Bahrain Government Dispensaries, and Comparative Incidence of Predominating Diseases Hospital and Outlaying Dispensaries), Women's Hospital and Dispensaries report by Dr I M A Doeg, Lady Medical Officer (In-Patients Diseases Treated, Out-Patients Treated, Details of Obstetric Cases, Operations, Women's Dispensaries, Summary of Diseases Treated, Medical Work in the Girls Schools), and Matron's Report;
  • Land Registration Department (folio 290r-290v);
  • Judicial (folio 290v): Bahrain Courts;
  • Municipalities (folios 290v-291v): Manamah Municipality and Muharraq Municipality;
  • Wakf [Waqf] Department (folio 291v);
  • Education (folios 291v-295v): Boys' Schools report by F J Wakelin, Director of Education (School Statistics, Staff, The Secondary School, The Hostel, Village Schools, English Teaching, Medical, Equipment, British Council Assistance, Public Library, Clubs, School Plays, Games, Recruitment by the Oil Company, and Finance), Girls' School, and The Technical School report by Mr G E Hutchings, Principal (Students, Staff, and Scheme of Training);
  • Minors Department (folios 295v-296r);
  • Agriculture (folio 296r);
  • Passport Department (folio 296r-296v);
  • Food Control (folios 296v-297v);
  • State Engineer's Department, report by Mr W B Steele, State Engineer (folios 298r-302r): Statement of Energy generated, sold, etc., Profit and Loss Account, Balance Sheet, Load and Revenue Curve 1361, and Load and Revenue Curve 1362;
  • Oil Gauging (folios 303r-304r): Graph showing Field Production and Crude Oil Imports 1942 and Graph showing Field Production and Crude Oil Imports 1943;
  • Customs Department, report by Mr G W R Smith, Director of Customs and Port Officer (folios 305r-308r);
  • General (folio 308r): Investiture, Presentation of Guns, Distinguished Visitors (including Lord Wavell, the Viceroy Designate, Lord Linlithgow, Governor-General and Viceroy of India, Amirs Khalid and Mahomed [Muḥammad], sons of His Majesty King Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd]), Customs Directorate, Poor Relief Measures, Race Meeting, Sunni Kadhis [qādis], Obituary of Shaikh Mohamed bin Ali Al Khalifah [Muḥammad bin ‘Alī Āl Khalīfah];
  • Note on Budget 1363 (folios 309r-310r);
  • Budget 1363 (f. 308r).

Illustrations appear on one folio and they are labelled as follows:

  • Folio 283: 'Jail and Police quarters, Juda Island'.

On folio 310r there is an inscription that reads 'The Times of India Press, Bombay'. Handwritten annotations and corrections are present (for example, folio 305r).

Extent and format
1 volume (35 folios)

This file contains an index (folio 278r) which references pages of the report.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: Folios 276-311.

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English in Latin script
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