More than 70% of individuals between the ages of seven and 24 happen to be studying at educational institutions within South Africa, a marginally reduced figure when compared to preceding years according to Statistics South Africa.
“Country wide, 73.6% of persons aged 7-24 were attending educational institutions. This figure is to some degree lower than in 2002 when the attendance rate was 73.9%,” Statistics SA stated in its recently released General Household Survey (GHS) 2011.
Based on the report, insufficient cash for fees continued to be the main reason for many individuals within this age bracket that were not studying.
In excess of two-thirds (35.9%) of premature school leavers in this age group blamed an absence of money for not studying. The comparable figure is as high as 41.6% in North West according to Stats SA.
The report determined that government’s “no fee school” system together with other funding mechanisms were actually starting to show results. The “no fee school” system was put in place in 2007.
“The number of pupils who reported the fact that they paid no tuition fees multiplied from 0.7% in 2002 to 55.6% in 2011,” said the GHS. A very high proportion of non-payers were actually in Limpopo (89.7%) and the Eastern Cape (71.8%).
In 2011, 94% of the interviewed pupils were studying at public schools with 74.2% of the pupils that went to public schools benefitting from feeding schemes. “This number has grown from 66.2% in 2009,” documented the report.
Learners in Limpopo (94.7%), Northern Cape (86.7%) and Eastern Cape (84.6%) happen to be the most likely to reap the benefits of this programme. The National School Nutrition Programme came into effect in 2002.
At the same time, the number of pupils revealing the fact that they encountered corporal punishment at school increased from 16.8% in 2009 to 17.2% in 2011. “The majority of increases are evident in Northern Cape (25.5% to 30.2%) and Limpopo (14.6% to 19.3%). This method of punishment was in most cases encountered in Eastern Cape (30.2%) and KwaZulu-Natal (22.5%).”
Approximately 652 869 students were actually signed up at higher educational institutions during 2011. Approximately 65.4% of these students were black.
“Having said that, proportionally this group continues to be underrepresented. Only 3.5% of Africans aged 18 to 29 years were actually studying compared to 14.9% of Indian/Asian individuals and 20% of the white population within this age group. Merely 3.8% of the coloured population was studying during 2011,” pointed out the report.
The research at the same time discovered that in excess of 91.9% of South Africans have the ability to read and write. The adult literacy rate, nevertheless, lags behind the average in provinces which include Mpumalanga and Limpopo where respectively 86.8% and 87% of populations happen to be literate.