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Primary and Secondary Education in South Africa 2016

  • May 2016
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The South African Primary and Secondary Education Sector: This report focuses on South Africa’s primary and secondary education sector where in 2015 there were 12,814,473 learners in 25,691 ordinary public and independent schools taught by 416,093 educators. The budget for the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will increase from R204bn in the 2016/2017 financial year to R254bn in 2018/19. Despite this and the fact that South Africa spends more on education than any other African country, approximately 6% of its GDP, the public education sector is in a state of crisis. In the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index for 2015/2016, South Africa was ranked 138th out of 140 economies for the quality of its public education system and for the second successive year the country took bottom place for the quality of its Mathematics and Science education.


Pressing Issues: The language of teaching and learning, corruption and mismanagement of schools, a lack of sufficiently qualified and dedicated teaching staff and the large number of remote under-resourced rural schools are some of the problems facing the education system. South African primary schools are failing to equip learners with basic literacy and numeracy skills and half of those who start school in Grade 1 drop out before the National Senior Certificate/matric exams in Grade 12. Although the official 2015 matric pass rate was 70.7%, down from 75.8% in 2014, stakeholders estimate the 2015 cohort matric pass rate at between 42.2% and 43.7%.



Report Coverage:

The Primary and Secondary Education report describes current conditions, how the crisis in education has fuelled the growth of independent/private schools and initiatives to improve the quality of education in state schools. The report profiles Curro Holdings, South Africa’s largest private education firm in the primary and secondary sector operating 110 schools on 47 campuses. Its closest competitor, Advtech, which over the last two years has spent R2bn buying and expanding schools, is also profiled as is eAdvance (Pty) Ltd t/a SPARK Schools, a network of less expensive private schools based in Gauteng.

Table Of Contents

Primary and Secondary Education in South Africa 2016
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 13
4.1. Local 13
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 20
4.1.2. Regulations 20
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 22
4.2. Continental 22
4.3. International 24
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 24
5.1. Government Support and Initiatives 24
5.2. Economic Environment 25
5.3. Poverty and a Lack of Resources 26
5.4. Language Barriers 26
5.5. Access to Quality Early Childhood Development Facilities 27
5.6. Poor School Management and Corruption 28
5.7. Labour 29
5.8. Technology, Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 32
6. COMPETITION 35
6.1. Barriers to Entry 35
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 36
8. OUTLOOK 36
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 37
10. REFERENCES 38
10.1. Publications 38
10.2. Websites 38
APPENDIX 1 39
Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET 39
APPENDIX 2 40
Outcomes Based Education (OBE) and Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) 40
COMPANY PROFILES 42
ADVTECH LTD 42
BASA EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE TRUST 47
CURRO HOLDINGS LTD 49
DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION 54
eADVANCE (PTY) LTD 58
EDUCOR HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 60
LEAP SCIENCE and MATHS SCHOOLS 65
PIONEER ACADEMIES (PTY) LTD 68
SUMMIT EDUCATION (PTY) LTD 70

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