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Education in South Africa
BY Yasmin Mahomedy
South Africa
18 November 2020
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Education


Despite receiving about 20% of the national budget, South Africa’s education system is characterised by crumbling infrastructure, overcrowded classrooms, and poor educational outcomes, all of which perpetuate inequality and fail many of its children. The coronavirus pandemic has added to these challenges by disrupting the academic year, and highlighting the sector’s need to rethink its approach to digital teaching platforms. The sector is unprepared to equip students with technological, critical thinking and problem solving skills. It was estimated that by early August, South African children would have lost between 30 and 59 days of school, depending on their grade, due to coronavirus shutdowns.


Budgets


Reduced budgets to basic education funding have been a growing trend over the past decade and while spending on basic education per learner has reduced, increases in teacher salaries have outpaced increases in overall educational expenditure.


Academic Standards


More than three quarters of children aged nine cannot read for meaning. This is as high as 91% in Limpopo and 85% in the Eastern Cape. Of 100 learners that start school, 50 to 60 will make it to matric, 40 to 50 will pass matric, and only 14 will go to university. Government has committed to improving foundational skills of literacy and numeracy, rolling out a coding and robotics curriculum, working to equip teachers with skills and knowledge to teach literacy and numeracy, and revising the minimum requirements for teacher education qualifications, dealing with quality and efficiency and eliminating the digital divide.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on South Africa’s public and private education sector, including information on the state and size of the sector, education budgets, learning outcomes, developments in the public and private sectors and the effect of coronavirus on the sector and education outcomes. There are profiles of 53 companies and institutions, including state institutions such as universities and education departments, major education companies such as Curro, ADvTECH and Educor and business schools such as Regent and Regenesys.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Primary and Secondary Education 1
2.2. Tertiary Education Sector 3
2.3. Industry Value Chain 5
2.4. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 25
4.1.2. Regulations 26
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 28
4.2. Continental 29
4.3. International 32
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 35
5.1. Coronavirus 35
5.2. Economic Environment 36
5.3. Rising Costs 37
5.4. Government Initiatives 37
5.5. Poverty and Lack of Resources 40
5.6. Language Barriers 40
5.7. Early Childhood Development (ECD) Facilities 41
5.8. Corruption 42
5.9. Access to Schools and Higher Education 43
5.10. Violence and Unrest 43
5.11. Labour 45
5.12. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 51
6. COMPETITION 58
6.1. Barriers to Entry 59
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 60
8. OUTLOOK 60
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 61
10. REFERENCES 62
10.1. Publications 62
10.2. Websites 63
APPENDIX 1 - SUMMARY OF NOTABLE PLAYERS 64
Independent Educational Institutions in South Africa 64
Public Schools 68
Public and Private Universities 69
Correspondence and Private Vocational Colleges 71
COMPANY PROFILES - PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION 74
ADVTECH LTD 74
BASA EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE TRUST 80
CLONARD EDUCATION (PTY) LTD 82
CURRO HOLDINGS LTD 83
DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION 90
EADVANCE (PTY) LTD 93
EDUCOR HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 95
FUTURE NATION SCHOOLS (PTY) LTD 98
GENERATION EDUCATION (PTY) LTD 100
LEAP SCIENCE & MATHS SCHOOLS 103
MY TUTOR AND TEACHING CENTER CC 106
NOVA PIONEER SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 108
OPTIMI HOME (PTY) LTD 111
PEMBURY LIFESTYLE GROUP LTD 113
TUTOR THE FUTURE TUITION (PTY) LTD 117
COMPANY PROFILES – EDUCATION BY UNIVERSITIES 118
ADVTECH LTD 118
CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 124
CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, FREE STATE 128
DURBAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (PTY) LTD 132
MANGOSUTHU UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 137
NELSON MANDELA UNIVERSITY 141
NORTH-WEST UNIVERSITY 146
PEARSON INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (PTY) LTD 151
RHODES UNIVERSITY 154
SEFAKO MAKGATHO HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY 158
SOL PLAATJE UNIVERSITY 160
TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 162
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN 167
UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE 171
UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG 174
UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL 180
UNIVERSITY OF LIMPOPO 186
UNIVERSITY OF MPUMALANGA 190
UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA 194
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA 199
UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH 205
UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE 210
UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE 214
UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND 218
UNIVERSITY OF VENDA 223
UNIVERSITY OF ZULULAND (THE) 227
VAAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 231
WALTER SISULU UNIVERSITY 234
COMPANY PROFILES - CORRESPONDENCE AND PRIVATE VOCATIONAL COLLEGES 238
ADVTECH LTD 238
BOSTON CITY CAMPUS AND BUSINESS COLLEGE (PTY) LTD 244
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TRAINING COLLEGE (PTY) LTD 248
BUSINESS SCHOOL OF SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD (THE) 250
EDUCOR HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 251
FOSTER-MELLIAR (PTY) LTD 254
MANCOSA (PTY) LTD 256
PEARSON INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (PTY) LTD 258
REGENESYS MANAGEMENT (PTY) LTD 261
REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL (PTY) LTD 263
RICHFIELD GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (PTY) LTD 265
SANTS PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION (PTY) LTD 268
STADIO HOLDINGS LTD 270
TSIBA EDUCATION NPC 274