Nearly 11.1 million South African children aged between 7 and 17 years attended school in 2015, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has said.Releasing the Survey of Activities of Young People 2015 Report, Stats SA on Thursday said of the 11.2 million children in this age group in the country, some 11.1 million children attended school while 179,000 did not enter a classroom in 2015.
“Among those attending school, the number of girls (5,505,000) was slightly higher than that of boys (5,501,000),” the agency said.
This finding comes as the country’s National Development Plan targets that, by 2030, South Africans should have access to education and training of the highest quality.
In addition, children who stayed with both parents or were staying with their mothers were more likely to attend school, while children who had no parents alive were more likely not to attend school, the agency noted.
The report said the proportion of children not attending school decreased by 0.5 to 1.5 percent in 2015, it said, adding that the document found that the proportion of those not attending school was highest among those aged 15 to 17 years.
The survey collects data on educational activities, economic activities, non-economic activities and health and safety issues, among others, of individuals aged 7 to 17 years.