chapter  3
28 Pages

Christian Education for India in the Mother Tongue: A Statement on the Formation of a Christian Vernacular Education Society (London: William Nichols, 1855), 3–41

The Missionary and Government schools, the promptings of self-interest, and the energy of their masters, will combine to advance the knowledge of English among the Hindus. Government education, however faulty in principle, was projected on so grand a scale in 1854, that with vigorous expansion it would, in the course of years, cover the whole surface of India, vast as that is. The grounds on which the policy of giving a non-Christian Education in India has been vindicated are twofold: prudence, in avoiding offence to the prejudices of the natives; justice, in not using public funds raised from among themselves to convert them from their own religion. Sir Emerson Tennent, in his work on Christianity in Ceylon, mentions a case in which the Brahmans, having set up a school in opposition to those of the Missionaries, could not make it succeed, and, as a means of doing so, introduced the Bible.