11.5 million children in South Africa are of school-going age. Reported attendance rates are high but drop off as children get older. Nearly 250,000 children of school-going age do not attend school.
School attendance rates are very high despite the fact that many children have to travel long distances to get to school.
Age-appropriate grade progression is a way of measuring schooling outcomes. Grade progression is fairly good in the foundation phase but drops off by Grade 9.
This indicator shows the number and percentage of children aged 5 - 6 years who are reported to be attending an educational facility such as an ECD centre or group learning programme.
Nationally, the number of young people not in education, training or employment has remained consistently high over the last decade.