Education in South Africa

It is generally agreed that South Africa’s education system is failing and maths and science education are particularly weak. For example:

“however one chooses to measure learner performance, and at whichever grade one chooses to test, the vast majority of South African pupils are significantly below where they should be in terms of the curriculum, and more generally, have not reached a host of normal numeracy and literacy milestones (p. 3).”

See also

We are researching grass roots views of why there is such a problem with maths education in South Africa. See this page:

Why is there a problem with maths education in South Africa?

All schools in South Africa are placed in one of five quintiles, with quintile 1 being the poorest in terms of the poverty levels in the local community. We are working with schools in the Western Cape; this media release from the Western Cape Education Department provides more information.


Spaull, N. (2013b). South Africa’s Education Crisis : The quality of education in South Africa 1994-2011 (Vol. 27).

EFA Global monitoring. (2013). Teaching and Learning: Achieving quality for all. Paris.

Bilbao-Osorio, B., Dutta, S., & Lanvin, B. (2014). The Global Information Technology Report 2014: Rewards and Risks of Big Data. Geneva.

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