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08 February 2021

How South Africa can prepare for a data-driven education system

Mmaki Jantjies, University of the Western Cape and Paul Plantinga, Human Sciences Research Council

There are significant disparities in South Africa’s education system. Schools are divided into quintiles, from one to five; the poorest, in quintile one, struggle enormously with a lack of resources and support. They also tend to have poorer educational outcomes. That has a direct effect on university admission and outcomes. One of the government’s attempts to address these inequalities is through technology. This began as early as 2003 with the Draft White Paper on e-Education.

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