14 Jul 2016

a) Matric pass rate for 2015
  • Overall pass rate: 70.7% for 2015, lower than 75.8%% for 2014.
  • Cohort pass rate:  of the 1.1 million who enrolled for Grade 2 in 2005, 455 885 wrote and past matric. This is a cohort pass rate of 40.7%.
  • This is an improvement over 2014 where the cohort pass rate was 36.4%.
b)Illiteracy in Grade 4
  • The ideal:  for the first three years, up to Grade 3, school children learn to read, from Grade 4 they read to learn.
  • In England illiteracy is 5%
  • In USA illiteracy is 2%.
  • Illiteracy is less than 50% in most middle income countries, eg Columbia 28%.
  • In SA estimates are that 58% are illiterate in any language….Key area for improvement.
  • Report from Nick Spaull an education researcher affiliated to the University of Johannesburg and University of Stellenbosch.
c)Spark schools, now four in number, with four to be opened in 2016. This report is from The Economist December 12-18 2014.
They are private primary schools started by Stacey Brewer and business partner Ryan Harrison.  Cost per pupil R18 000 per year.   Stacey Brewer for her MBA thesis at GIBA Business School produced a blue print for a chain of private schools she would name Spark.
Her goal for the schools – to do something about the perpetuation of racial divisions brought about by sub-standard public schools and the elite private schools mainly for whites.
Business methods would be used, namely economies of scale and technological innovation.
The values would emphasize character and discipline.
In Spark Bramley the race diversity is 80% black, the rest white and coloured (mixed race).
Unorthodox methods are used including starting the day by reciting a creed that has the words “I am a Spark scholar and I am going to university” .
Other private and independent schools are Advtech and Curro.  Curro is a public company with 42 schools.
Between 2000 and 2010 the number of state schools in South Africa fell by 9% while the number of independent schools grew by 44%.
South Africa is not alone in this trend. In India 40% of urban pupils go to private schools.  In The Punjab and Pakistan the state provides vouchers that can be spent on public or private schools.
d)Foreign Students Percentage from Abroad
United States 5%
Canada           10%
Great Britain 15%
Australia 25%
Total of 4.5 million students enrolled outside their own countries.
Australia’s 25% students come from abroad making it Australia’s second biggest export after resources.