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South Africa: More South Africans Attending Educational Institutions
Source: www.SAnews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, November 12, 2012
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 12, 2012

Enrolment for the five-year-old age group was at 22.5% at Census 1996, 45.6% at Census 2001 and had leaped to 81.2% in the latest results.

For the six-year-old age group, these figures were at 49.1% in 1996, 70.3% in 2001 and 92.7% in 2011, while for the seven-year-old group it was at 73.1% in 1996, 88.4% in 2001 and 96.1% in 2011.

“The vast majority of students in South Africa attend public educational institutions. Only 5% of those aged 5-24 years, who were attending educational institutions in 2001, attended private institutions as opposed to the 7.3% in 2011,” the Census 2011 outcomes indicate.

There was a general increase in private school attendance across all the provinces, with the highest in Gauteng at 16.7%, followed by the Western Cape at 7.5% and the Free State at 6.4%.

All other provinces had private institution attendance rates of less than 5%.

An increase in black Africans aged between 5-24 years attending educational institutions was also recorded. Figures for this population group increased steadily from, 70.7% in 1996 to 72.1% in 2001, to 73.9% in 2011.

Attendance rates among coloured, Indian/Asian and white population groups also increased.

The results also showed that the proportion of individuals aged 20, who have no schooling, halved from 19.1% in 1996 to 8.6% in 2011.

In addition, the percentage of individuals aged 20 years and older that received no formal education has decreased steadily between 1996 and 2011.

In 1996, 17% of males in this age group had no formal education. This decreased to 15.5% in 2001 and further to 7.2% in 2011.

Among females, the percentage with no formal education declined from 20.9% in 1996, to 20% in 2001 and 9.9% in 2011.
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