Business needs to play a strategic role in improving the quality of learning in the South African schooling system, which remains dismal.
South Africa has the GDP per capita of Colombia and Thailand, and we spend enormous amounts on basic education, yet we get the learning outcomes of Lesotho and Nepal, countries with a GDP per capita around a quarter of ours.
Encouragingly, many efforts have been made to heed CDE’s call for the private sector to think more strategically and to work more collaboratively to contribute to real system change.
The private sector must continue to strengthen its commitment to education reform and transparency.
With regards to data and evaluations it is crucial to showcase results. Learning from what has not worked is just as important as learning from what has, to avoid scarce resources being wasted.