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Primary and Secondary Education
BY Yasmin Mahomedy
South Africa
26 July 2017
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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The South African Primary and Secondary Education Sector


For the 2018/19 financial year the allocation for Basic Education has been increased to R751.9bn, an increase of R1.1bn from the 2016/2017 financial year. However, despite years of investment into the sector with government spending on Basic Education reaching 15% of the total budget, South Africa’s public Primary and Secondary education sectors remain in crisis. The education sector is still struggling to overcome poor literacy levels, low Mathematics and Science results, a high drop-out rate and under-performing teachers.


The Growing Independent School Sector


The failure of public school education to overcome these challenges has continued to provide growth for the independent school sector, which has expanded rapidly throughout the country. This sector is represented by the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA), which serves 765 schools, with its member schools educating more than 168,000 pupils. An increasing number of independent schools are low-fee schools serving disadvantaged communities, including learners from informal settlements, inner cities and rural areas. Although there are a number of high-fee independent schools in the country, the majority are mid- and low-fee schools and approximately 25% of its member schools receive state subsidies.


Report Coverage


The South African Primary and Secondary Education Sector report describes current conditions and focuses on academic standards and initiatives to improve these standards. The report profiles 11 independent school groups and includes information on the number of government schools, teachers and learners in the country. Profiles for new entrants into the sector are also provided. These include Pembury Lifestyle Group (PLG), which in November 2016 listed its PLG Schools on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s Alternative Exchange, and Future Nation Schools (Pty) Ltd, which follows a project-based learning approach which tries to encourage learners to design, plan and execute extended projects by applying the theory they learn to solve real world problems.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 14
4.1. Local 14
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 23
4.1.2. Regulations 24
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 25
4.2. Continental 25
4.3. International 27
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 28
5.1. Government Support and Initiatives 28
5.2. Economic Environment 28
5.3. Poverty and a Lack of Resources 29
5.4. Language Barriers 30
5.5. Access to Quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) Facilities 30
5.6. Poor School Management and Corruption 31
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 31
5.8. Labour 32
6. COMPETITION 35
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 36
8. OUTLOOK 36
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 37
10. REFERENCES 38
10.1. Publications 38
10.2. Websites 38
APPENDIX 1 40
Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) 40
APPENDIX 2 41
Outcomes Based Education (OBE) and Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) 41
COMPANY PROFILES 43
ADVTECH LTD 43
BASA EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE TRUST 48
CURRO HOLDINGS LTD 50
DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION 56
EADVANCE (PTY) LTD 60
EDUCOR HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 62
FUTURE NATION SCHOOLS (PTY) LTD 65
LEAP SCIENCE & MATHS SCHOOLS 67
PEMBURY LIFESTYLE GROUP LTD 70
PIONEER ACADEMIES (PTY) LTD 73
SUMMIT EDUCATION (PTY) LTD 75
TREMATON CAPITAL INVESTMENTS LTD 76