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A second classification system for school levels is sometimes used in South Africa. In this system, Reception year through grade nine comprise the General Education and Training (GET) band of education, and grades 20-12 comprise the Further Education and Training (FET) band of education. (UNESCO IBE, World Data on Education. 7th Edition, 2010-2011. Revised 8/2010).
UIS classifies the school structure in South Africa as having a 7-2-3 structure. Although this is not in alignment with the IBE classification of the school structure, it is in alignment with the school structure used in national reporting documents.
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for South Africa include administrative data from the Department of Education (2000 - 2011), household survey data from GHS (2005, 2006, 2011), indicators derived from UIS data, and learning outcomes data including SACMEQ (2003, 2007), PIRLS (2006), and TIMSS (2003, 2011).
For an overview of current education conditions in South Africa, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 3/2014
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