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EDUCATION:

Education is not only pivotal to economic prosperity but it also plays a crucial role in enabllng South Africans to improve the quality of their lives and contribute to a peaceful, productive and democratic nation. These sentiments are captured in the Vision Statement of the Department of Education, which states: Our vision Is of a South Africa in which all our
people have access to lifelong education and trainlng opportunlties, which will in turn contribute towards improving the quality of life and bullding a peaceful, prosperous and democratic society. According to the Bll of Rights contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996), everyone has the rlght to a baslc education, inctuding adult basic education and further education, which
the State, through reasonable measures, must  make progressively available and accessible. Education is one of the most important longterm investments a country can make. There has been a significant increase in the education budget allocation under the postapartheid democratlc Government, from R31,8 billion in 1994 to R59,8 billion in 2002. At almost 6% of gross domestic product, South Africa has one of the highest rates of govemment investment in education in the world. Formal education in South Africa is categorised according to three levels. The General Education and Training (GET) band consists of the Reception Year (Grade R) and learners up to Grade 9, as well as an equivalent adult basic education and training [ABET) qualification. The Further Education and Training (FET) band consists of all education and training from the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) levels two to four (equivalent to grades 10 — 12 in schools) and the National Technical Certificate one to three In FET colleges. The Higher Educatlon [HE) band consists of a range of degrees, dlplomas and certificates up to and includlng post-doctoral degrees. These levels are integrated wlthin the NQF provided for by the South African Quallflcatlons Authority (SAQA) Act, 1995 [Act 58 of 1995). The South African public education system accommodates more than 11,6 million school learners, 407 401 university students, 202 730 technikon students, and 125 000 technical college students. There are 26 789 primary and secondary schools wlth 348 362 educators.  Universities, technikons and technical colleges are presently undergoing rationalisation, which will reduce the overall number of institutions through mergers.

To access details on Education Structures, Statutory Bodies, Financing Education, Education Policy and many more aspects on education please consult South Africa Yearbook 2002/2003 (chapter 8 on Education) website:             

  www.gcis.aov.za/documents/publications/yearbook

   and/or Department of Education: 

  http://www.doe.gov.za

 

 

 

 

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