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Survey shows an increase in South Africans with formal qualifications

The 2010 General Household Survey recently released by Statistics South Africa shows some very interesting statistics:
  • South Africans with a matric or Grade 12 education increased from 21.5% in 2002 to 26.2% in 2010.
  • Persons with a tertiary qualification also increased from 9.2% in 2002 to 11.2% in 2010.
  • Persons with no formal education decreased from 10.8% (2002) to 7% (2010).
  • Functionally illiterate persons (highest level of education lower than Grade 7) decreased from 27.9% to 19.2%.
  • Provinces with the highest percentages of persons without a formal education were: Limpopo (13.4%), Mpumalanga (11.3%), Northern Cape (10.9%) and North West (10.2%).
Information obtained from I-Net Bridge on Business Report, Click Here!
To read the General Household Survey of 2010, Click Here!
 
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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 41 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 156 posts. There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb.

The busiest day of the year was August 13th with 168 views. The most popular post that day was New Curriculum for South African schools.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were library.up.ac.za, google.co.za, en.wordpress.com, search.conduit.com, and ais.up.ac.za.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for obe, uitkomsgebaseerde onderwys in suid-afrika, cheryl de la rey, obe in south africa, and curriculum 2025 south africa.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

New Curriculum for South African schools July 2010
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2

What is behind South Africa’s high university dropout rates? March 2009
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3

Study on violence in South African schools shocks! April 2008
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4

Spady: OBE in SA: Time to End the Confusion April 2008
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Save the OBE system in South African schools urgently! April 2008
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South Africa lost 26000 teachers in 3 years

South Africa lost a staggering 26000 teachers in the three years from 2005 to 2008, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently revealed.

The revelation comes against a background of serious fears that the country cannot train teachers fast enough to meet current demand, as teachers either head for greener pastures, retire or die of old age.

To read more go to Wyndham Hartley’s Business Day article on allAfrica.com by Clicking Here!

Low HIV prevalence among South African students, study shows

South Africa’s student population recorded an HIV prevalence of 3,4% in the first comprehensive study (The Higher Education HIV and AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) study) to survey the scope and impact of HIV and AIDS on the higher education sector in South Africa.

The HIV prevalence among academic staff was 1,5%, administrative staff 4,4% and service staff 12,2%.

To read more go to Anso Thom’s article on AllAfrica.com by Clicking Here!

Foreign students are flocking to South African universities

According to a Sunday Times article South Africa has been rated as one of the top 10 destinations for foreign students wanting to pursue a university education away from home. More than 60600 of the 2.8-million international students studying outside their country are completing their degrees at one of the country’s 23 universities and universities of technology. This is just more than 8% of South Africa’s total university population of 761000.

A report by the Institute for Statistics of the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), based on figures from 153 countries, ranked South Africa as the eighth most-popular study destination for foreigners.

To read more go to the Sunday Times article by Clicking Here!

“Literacy, maths shocker in SA”

“Most primary school pupils in South Africa are failing tests for basic language and mathematics skills. ‘Poor national averages for language and mathematics in grades three and six show that most learners do not acquire the skills and understanding that give substance to the right to education’,  said the Children’s Institute (Cape Town) in a statement.”

Click here to read more as reported by News24

Click here for the Children’s Institute’s Report:  SA Child Gauge  2008/2009

State funds for student expansion

The number of university students in South Africa will grow by 53,000 to reach 837,000 in 2011 – and the government has allocated an additional R700 million (US$69 million) to accommodate the expansion – Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel announced in his 2009 budget speech this month. He also gave the student financial aid scheme a R330 million boost to enable more disadvantaged youngsters to secure university bursaries and loans.

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