South Africans climb the educational ladder to nowhere
Recent generations of South African children have been increasingly successful in exceeding their parents’ level of education. But the poor quality of much public education means that spending more years at school isn’t a golden ticket out of poverty
South Africa performs well when it comes to intergenerational educational mobility — the extent to which children are able to move up the educational ladder, surpassing the achievements of their parents, regardless of their family backgrounds.
Aside from basic fairness, the extent to which a country is able to use its education system to overcome inherited disadvantage is an important economic consideration in a country such as South Africa, where low levels of education and high unemployment are inextricably linked. ..
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