As is said in paragraph 104 of "The Plan for Mauritius", this is "a record which by any standard in the world is a good one". In paragraph 105, the plan goes on to say: "On the principle that a literate and intelligent population is the best guarantee of future economic wisdom, the basic aim of the educational programme is to ensure primary education for every child". In enunciating this basic aim, the assumption is made that primary education will produce a
literate and intelligent population. There is no reason to doubt the intelligence of the future citizens of Mauritius, but there is unfortunately very good reason for doubting whether the present primary school system will produce literacy. In fact it is not too much to say that the system at present operating is more likely to produce illiteracy.