South Africa

Background Information

Region

Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank income group

Upper middle income

Percent of population aged 10-24

25% (UNFPA, 2023)

Total primary school age population (both sexes)

7,940,229 (UIS, 2022)

Total secondary school age population (both sexes)

4,967,946 (UIS, 2022)

Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 18 (% of women aged 20-24)

4%

Source: UNSDG , 2016

Adolescent birth rate (per 1,000 women ages 15-19)

41

Source: UN Human Development Reports , 2020

Percentage of women who ever experienced physical violence since age 15 (% of women 15-49)

19%

Source: DHS , 2016

Percentage of married women employed in the last 12 months (% of married or in-union women 15-49)

47%

Source: DHS , 2016

Education Snapshot Back to Top

Number of years of free primary and secondary education guaranteed in legal frameworks (Years)

12

Source: UIS , 2022

Percentage of upper secondary schools providing life skills-based HIV and sexuality education within the formal curriculum or as part of extra-curricular activities

No data available

Proportion of schools with access to single-sex basic sanitation facilities

No data available

Source: UIS

Women as a percentage of teachers in tertiary education

No data available

Men as a percentage of teachers in pre-primary education

No data available

Expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure % GDP spent on education

Source: UIS , 2021

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in reading

  • Female 62%

  • Male 53%

Female: UIS, 2013

Male: UIS, 2013

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in mathematics

  • Female 30%

  • Male 29%

Female: UIS, 2013

Male: UIS, 2013


Experiencing bullying in the last 12 months in lower secondary education

  • Female 96%

  • Male 95%

Female: UNESCO, 2019

Male: UNESCO, 2019

Youth not in education, employment or training

  • Female 34%

  • Male 31%

Female: ILO, 2022

Male: ILO, 2022


Completion rate

Primary school age
  • Female 98%

  • Male 95%

Female: UIS, 2016

Male: UIS, 2016

Lower secondary school age
  • Female 91%

  • Male 85%

Female: UIS, 2016

Male: UIS, 2016

Upper secondary school age
  • Female 52%

  • Male 45%

Female: UIS, 2016

Male: UIS, 2016


Out-of-school rate

Primary school
  • Female 1%

  • Male 1%

Female: UIS, 2016

Male: UIS, 2016

Lower secondary school
  • Female 4%

  • Male 5%

Female: UIS, 2016

Male: UIS, 2016

Upper secondary school
  • Female 17%

  • Male 15%

Female: UIS, 2016

Male: UIS, 2016

Legal Frameworks Back to Top

Presence of legislation on child protection, to prevent corporal punishment in schools

3

Limited protection from violence in educational institutions

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Presence of legislation protecting the right to education without discrimination based on sex/gender

5

Enshrines right to education without discrimination based on sex/gender for all within the territory

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Presence of legislation to protect and facilitate education of pregnant adolescent girls

2

No explicit protection of the right to education of pregnant and parenting girls

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Existence of processes to support coordinated action on gender equality in and through education by ministries, civil society, youth organizations and other actors

Data coming soon!

Existence of systematic processes to review and update curricula and learning resources, with a view to eradicating gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality

Data coming soon!

Training on gender-responsive pedagogies is embedded in teacher training programmes

Data coming soon!


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Transforming Education Summit National Statement of Commitment Back to Top