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This paper presents a quantitative overview of the current South African independent schooling sector. Historically, research on the sector has been partial, resulting in questions about its current size and profile. A recent survey revealed that the sector has grown considerably since the nineties and that official sources underestimate its size. Some popular myths about the sector being largely white and elitist are dispelled by the study, which shows that historically disadvantaged learners currently constitute more than 70 per cent of all learners and that more than 50 per cent of all schools charge low to average fees. However, there is also evidence of new forms of inequity emerging and poor performance in parts of the independent sector, of which roleplayers in the sector should be aware.

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Format : 148mm x 210mm
Pages : 52
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2046-X (HRD 1)
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2046-1
Publish Year : 2004

Mr Jacques L du Toit is a chief researcher and co-ordinator of the Urban Renewal and Development Unit within the Surveys, Analyses, Modelling and Mapping Research Programme of the HSRC. He holds a bachelors in town and regional planning (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and a masters in research methods (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch. Previously, as an urban development consultant he conducted several projects ranging from development research to applied development economics. More recently he has managed and conducted several surveys, analyses and evaluations for the Human Resources Development Research Programme at the HSRC. His particular interests include social aspects of human settlement planning and the built environment, as well as research methodology and project management.

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