Newspaper clipping – iol online – 24 November 2009
Survey highlights literacy levels in SA
Education levels among South African adults have significantly increased in the past 10 years, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Tuesday.
The proportion of adults who had completed Grade Eight increased from 61.4 percent in 1997 to 69 percent in 2007, according to the SAIRR’s South African survey published this week. The number of people who completed Grade 12 also increased.
The SAIRR said a similar trend emerged when looking at the number of the people who had completed higher education. In 1997, only 600 000 South Africans had completed some form of higher education. By 2007, this number had almost doubled to 1 050 000.
The number of people who had no schooling declined over the same period. In 1997, there were 3 196 000 South Africans with no schooling, but 2 542 000 in 2007.
Researcher Marius Roodt said the increase in the number of people with an education was an achievement of which the government could be proud.