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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