The Education Illusion

The latest report from the Centre For Risk Analysis (CRA), entitled The Education Illusion​ looks at South Africa’s broader education system and provides an assessment of quality and output over time.
The Education Illusion

Key takeaways:

  • Basic education expenditure accounts for 70% of all education spending.
  • Only half of grade 1s make it to grade 12 in the minimum time.
  • Only a third of schools have a computer facility, merely a quarter have a library, and just a fifth have a laboratory.
  • Pupils in Quintile 1 schools (the poorest) are six times more likely to fail maths than those in Quintile 5 (the most well-off).
  • University enrolment increased by 88.7% between 1995 and 2018.
  • Rates of completion are lowest for doctoral qualifications, at 13.5%.

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