Despite progress in access to basic education in South Africa, achieving meaningful access to education (involving regular attendance, appropriate achievement, progress on schedule, and successful completion) is still a dream. This policy brief explores the issue of meaningful access and makes policy recommendations for improving access and quality in South Africa. It is based on two chapters in the CREATE book on education in South Africa: Pereira and Du Toit (forthcoming) and Letsatsi, S. (forthcoming). Both chapters draw on data from CREATE’s research on educational access, enrolment and drop-out in Gauteng and Eastern Cape as well as secondary data sets.
CREATE South Africa Policy Brief 5, 5 pp.