South Africa prosperity hangs on education drive

South Africa's schools are close to the bottom of international rankings (photo:dpa)
South Africa's schools are close to the bottom of international rankings (photo:dpa)

South Africa spends a bigger share of its gross domestic product on education than any other country in Africa. Yet student achievement is lower than in most of its regional neighbours. South Africa is facing an education crisis and it has failed to uphold former President Nelson Mandela’s driving vision - to provide equal opportunity to the nation’s young through education.

<i>South Africa’s schooling system is failing many children across the nation, both white and black. Schools do not provide the basic necessities and teacher posts are left unfilled. The average taxpayer in South Africa sees 15 per cent of their taxes going into education, yet other poorer African countries...

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