South Africa’s Education Statistics

South Africa’s Education Statistics Date Published: October 23, 2020 Education in South Africa has taken a turn for the worse with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some students can work online with...

South Africa’s Education Statistics

Date Published: October 23, 2020

Education in South Africa has taken a turn for the worse with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some students can work online with resources yet those without are left in the dark.

This article shows the difference in pass rates between students who have access to technology and those who don’t. 

It is indeed the travesty of the South African schooling system.

Technology in Academics 2020

With the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of South African schooling has moved online. Whilst some students have been able to keep up to date with the workload, others are unable to access their online platforms and remain disconnected. 

Here is an infographic depicting the percentage of students that have access to technological resources in South Africa 

Provincial Matric Results of 2019

Here is a list of the provincial matric results for the 2019 academic year. It is uncertain if these marks will dip as a result of the coronavirus.

However, with so many students being unable to keep up with the workload due to lost contact time, matric results may plummet.

IEB Matric Pass Rates

Students in IEB have a much higher pass rate than governmental schools. This is due to the availability of resources, which is especially important for the 2020 academic year. 

The IEB matric results of 2020 are projected to remain high as online-learning did not prove difficult to their students. 

The IEB 2019 pass rate was 98.82% All of the students that passed in the IEB system received a bachelors degree pass, giving them the ability to get into University. 

With smaller classes and more resources, IEB schooling is known for its excellent pass rates and high-quality education.

The following infographic shows the number of IEB schools per province and how many students are in attendance: 

Problems in Public Schools in the 2019 Academic Year

The learning gap is not only due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, public schools were already experiencing server inequality as a result of the lack of governmental care. 

This infographic shows the problems faces by students in the public schooling system.

School Drop-out Rates

South Africa is known to have an exceptionally high school drop-out rate. 50% of students that start grade one will not complete their matric year. This leaves many students uneducated and stuck in cyclic poverty. 

Nearly 46% of South African youth are not in any form of education. Not only will they struggle to find employment but when they do, it will be extremely low pay. 

Here is an infographic to show the schooling stats in South Africa. 

Youth Unemployment in South Africa

Despite the low levels of education amongst the youth in South Africa, employment has hit an all-time low even for the highly educated. 

This infographic shows the decline in employment levels from ages 15-64, including the well educated. 

Higher Education and Funding

Many students in South Africa are unable to afford to further their education. This infographic below reveals the struggles faced by students and their families when it comes to affording tertiary education. 

51% of students aged 18-24 are unable to pay fees for higher education. 18% of those are not able to apply for university due to poor academic performance. 

A 2017 stud revealed that only 11.6% of students were attending post-school educational institutions.

The number of graduates has been increasing slightly, a 2016 study showed a steady increase in graduates each year.

Pass Rates

A 2017 study revealed that only 29% of all matriculants had the right marks to get into a university.

This infographic shows how most students passed with a certificate pass, which means they will be unable to further their education at a university level. 

This next infographic shows the bachelor degree passes according to race and thus levels of privilege. Most students that graduate with a BD pass are white(25%) followed by Indian and Asian (15%) and then Coloured and Black African (5%)

Financial Strain

One of the most common reasons in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, North West and Mpumalanga for students being unable to attend school was that of financial strain. 

For youths between the ages of 18 and 24, these are the percentages per province that were unable to attend school due to lack of finances.

This next infographic shows the amount of youth in schooling and those who are not.

That leaves 3001000 South African youths not in education, employment or training in the 2014 study.

Author: Andrea Frisby 

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