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Title:Education and socioeconomic differentials: a study of school performance in the Western Cape
Authors:Van der Berg, ServaasISNI
Burger, Ronelle
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:cost-benefit analysis
academic achievement
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2003.tb00083.x/pdf
Abstract:In a highly unequal society in which labour market inequalities largely have their origin in human capital differentials, it is not surprising that the educational system is seen as a major means of addressing these inequalities. Does South Africa's educational system accomplish this? The first section of this paper argues that the school system is presently incapable of substantially reducing inequality in the South African labour market because of its inability to reduce inequalities in educational output in any major and systematic way in a short time frame. Section 2 supports the conclusion from section 1 in two ways. First it shows that, for the Western Cape, the large output differentials largely follow past racial patterns. Poor schools with predominantly black and coloured pupils do worse than others. Moreover, investments to improve teacher quantity and quality are unlikely to offer a viable means of overcoming these shortcomings in education before shortages in complementary teaching materials are addressed, and the appropriate management and incentive structures are in place. App., bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]