Stats SA approximated that 91.5 percent of poor persons in South Africa were blacks in 2006. On … Here, she explains why South Africa’s decision to expand its sex education programme is empowering for young people — especially girls — and why she finds the backlash against the decision so frustrating. The state of education in South Africa is of nationwide concern — and so it should be. The right to primary education frames many international statements on human rights and education. In fact, South Africa spends more on education, some 6% of GDP, than any other African country. Itumeleng Letsoalo is a Global Citizen Fellow and content writer in South Africa. The percentage climbed to 92.5 in 2009 and soared to … And in turn, poor quality education … image caption There are an estimated 12 million children in school in South Africa South Africa’s performance on local and international studies of educational achievement South Africa currently participates in a number of local and international tests of educational achievement. In the South African context, teacher standards are a response to a lack of teacher accountability. These conditions will only continue to exacerbate the education and learning gaps between rural and urban African schoolchildren. COMMENT South Africa is a land of hope, opportunity and most glaringly, a land of stark inequality. A lack of skills, monitoring and accountability have led to poor policy implementation, inferior training of teachers and bureaucrats, and a system many people have lost hope in. This inequality could not be more prevalent than in our education system. That is about R213.7bn. Read also: Here’s how CEOs and school principals can fix SA education This has been identified as a cause of the poor quality of South African education. Arguably the failures in South Africa’s education system reflect the problems that have beset governance in the country more generally since 1994. In South Africa, the divide between rich and poor is visible from the sky. Yet compared with countries that are adjacent to South Africa, the GDP per capita of South Africa is higher. Here are the facts: 15% of South Africa’s total budget was spent on basic education in the last 12 months that ended March 2016. On the left is Bloubusrand in Johannesburg, a middle class area with larger houses and pools. That is about R213.7bn. Between 2000 and 2016, the number of children enrolled in state schools in South Africa grew from 11.6 million to 12.3 million - an increase of 6%. Leafy suburbs like Sandton boast world-class institutions with top-of-art facilities, whilst neighbouring Alexandra township schools are often victims of violence, poor infrastructure and a lack of […] South African education system is grossly inefficient, severely underperforming and egregiously unfair. There are a lot of people who will say that South Africa is poor because of the history of racial segregation that existed prior to 1994.