Education in South Africa :
South Africa spends 20% of its budget on education or 6.4% of GDP
(considerably more than many other emerging market economies) and yet
performs dismally in international comparisons. The World Economic
Forum’s competitiveness index for 2012 – 2013 ranks South Africa’s
the overall education system at 140 out of 144 countries, and its maths and
science education at 143 out of 144.

The minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga, denies there is a
crisis. 1.2m children were enrolled in grade 1 in
2001, but only 44% stayed in the system to take their National Senior
Certificate (NSC) in 2012. Only 12% of that grade 1 cohort ended up
passing their NSC well enough to study for a university degree, and only
11% passed maths with a mark of 40% or above.
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