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South African Economic Policy under Democracy$
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Janine Aron, Brian Kahn, and Geeta Kingdon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551460.001.0001

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The Persistence of Inequalities in Education

The Persistence of Inequalities in Education

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(p.327) 12 The Persistence of Inequalities in Education
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South African Economic Policy under Democracy
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Servaas van der Berg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551460.003.0012

This chapter provides an overview of the educational situation in South Africa a decade after the political transition, with the focus on its economic dimensions. It is shown that the school system still largely fails in enhancing upward mobility of poor children in the labour market, inter alia because of the continued weak performance of many black schools. The empirical analysis will show that racial composition of a school — as proxy for former school department — remains a major determinant of matriculation pass rates. The conclusion points to enduring socio-economic and racial differentials in school outcomes, but also cautions against seeking the solution mainly through resource shifts.

Keywords:   South Africa, educational attainment, inequality, education policy

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