Larger context for LACK in Corpus USbrown_UKbncw/US_brown.txt
But they did not believe in widespread secondary education, much less in college.
It was their conviction that the people should be "brought up together", a grade at a time, until in some indefinite future some might be ready to tackle history, economics and political science.
Indeed, the Belgians discouraged higher education, fearing the creation of a native intellectual elite which might cause unrest.
When the Congo received its independence in 1960 there were, among its 13.5 million people, exactly 14 university graduates.
Why did the Belgians grant independence to a colony so manifestly unprepared to accept it?
In one large oversimplification, it might be said that the Belgians felt, far too late, the gale of nationalism sweeping Africa.
lack > They lack ed time to prepare the Congo, as the British and French had prepared their colonies.
The Congolese were clamoring for their independence, even though most were unsure what it meant and in Brussels, street crowds shouted, "Pas une goutte de sang!"
(Not one drop of blood!).
The Belgians would not fight for the privilege of being the detested pedagogue rather than teach where teaching was not wanted, they would wash their hands of the mess.
It is hard to blame them for this.