In 1964 there were 9,477 Maori pupils attending 135 Maori primary schools. Another 42,376 Maoris attended some 1,300 Board schools and approximately 3,029 attended private schools. The rapid growth of Maori population is shown in the following table.
|Number of Maoris Attending Primary Schools (Excluding Private)|
|Public (Board) schools||8,172||12,477||18,699||42,376|
Between 1950 and 1962 the number of Maoris in Maori schools increased by 112 only, while those in public schools increased by 17,687.