The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

1998  Large

South Africa has done well to systematically expand its educational system and to lengthen the schooling experience of successive learner cohorts. But the quality of the output from the school system has been questioned. In seeking to identify the reasons for this, it is important to relate educational outputs (competencies, as measured for instance by examinations or standardised tests) to inputs. Determining the relative contributions of the inputs - of the school, the household and the individual learner - to educational outputs is not straightforward, particularly since very little educational production function analysis has been undertaken in South Africa.

Until recently, no South African school data has incorporated test results, school characteristics and information on the household circumstances of individual learners necessary for this kind of analysis. However, the results from a survey of a sample of schools involved in the large-scale Quality Learning Project (QLP), funded by the Business Trust, have yielded such data. The QLP data set offers a new analytical opportunity to address the question: What are the effects of social and economic variables on educational outcomes in the QLP schools?

Product information

Format : 210mm x 280mm
Pages : 88
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2041-9
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2041-6
Publish Year : 2005

List of figures and tables
Executive Summary

1. Introduction

2. Features of the Quality Learning Project

3. Data preparation, statistical procedures and methodology

4. Commentary on the findings



Charles Simkins is the Helen Suzman Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a member of the South African Statistics Council, and a member of the Council of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He has written numerous books and articles.

Andrew Paterson is Chief Research Specialist in the Research Programme on Human Resources Development in the HSRC. Prior to joining the HSRC, he held posts as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Universities of the North West and Western Cape.

Share this

You might also consider these related books

Ethical  Quandaries

Ethical Quandaries
In social research

The book opens up a space of frank discussion about the often unsettling, messy realities of ethical decision-making in the thick of social research. All the contributors write in the first person about personal experiences of research. They expose tensions within professional codes of ethics, as well as a range of dilemmas that arose when personal ethical convictions jostled with disciplinary and institutional ethical imperatives. The book is unique in spanning a range of research scenarios, qualitative and quantitative, across different disciplines, fields of study and institutional settings. The book will be of interest to all social researchers - in universities, NGOs and other applied milieu - working in fields of research structured by hierarchies of difference and conditions of inequality.

Product information

Format : 210mm x 148mm
Pages : 320
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2489-6
Publish Year : January 2015
Rights : World Rights
Price R 270.00
2272  Large

Student Retention and Graduate Destination
Higher Education and Labour Market Access and Success

Student attrition has been a perennial theme in South African higher education throughout the past decade. In its National Plan for Higher Education (2001), the Department of Education attributed high dropout rates primarily to financial and/or academic exclusions. Four years later, it reported that 30% of students dropped out in their first year of study and a further 20% during their second and third years.

Product information

Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 144
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2309-4
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2309-7
Publish Year : 2009
Rights : World Rights
Price R 154.00
1923  Large

The Architect and the Scaffold
Evolution and education in South Africa

A collection of papers presented at the Colloquium on Sciences and Evolution in 2001, this volume attempts to answer the moral and ethical, social, religious and educational questions about the teaching of evolutionary theory in schools.

Product information

Format : 168mm x 230mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 171
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2003-6
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2003-4
Publish Year : 2002
Rights : World Rights
Price R 231.00
2102  Large

Inequalities in Higher Education and the Structure of the Labour Market

Part of the ongoing research on the employment experiences of university graduates in South Africa and based upon the most comprehensive tracer study of university graduates yet conducted, this paper looks at the inequities in higher education and their consequences in the labour market for people with tertiary qualification.

Product information

Format : 210mm x 280mm
Pages : 20
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2102-4
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2102-4
Publish Year : 2005
Price R 98.00