SA’s education system is a paradox. Since 1994, the country has made significant improvements in access to education: enrolment at primary level is almost universal (there are about 12-million pupils in basic school education) and is expanding at secondary level thanks to the government’s efforts. More than 1-million students now have access to tertiary education.

There has also been a huge shift in the amount of government spending towards achieving increased access as well as deracialising and equalising SA’s education system. However, the country still suffers from significant challenges in the quality of educational achievement by almost any international metric...

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