Education was supported by 95% of companies and received an average of half of CSI expenditure in 2020. 

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Government’s budget for education for 2020/21 was R385 billion, up from R375 billion in 2019/20, constituting 20% of the R1.95 trillion total national budget for the year. The largest portion of this (68%) was allocated to basic education (R262 billion). Over R5 billion was reprioritised from provincial conditional grants and the Schools Infrastructure Backlog Grant (SIBG) to provide water and sanitation to schools, and construct temporary classrooms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The National Senior Certificate pass rate increased from 78% in 2018 to 81% in 2019. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) recorded this as the highest pass rate in 25 years. There were 1 122 114 grade one learners enrolled in 2008, according to the DBE, yet only 504 303 (45%) wrote the National Senior Certificate final exams in November 2019.

Read more about the national context of education, and an overview of how CSI funds have been allocated in this sector

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