MORE THAN 90 [CT PF SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDREN ATTEND SCHOOL

PRETORIA, Approximately 11.1 million children aged between seven and 17 years were attending school in 2015, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) which has just released the Survey of Activities of Young People (SAYP) 2015 Report.

Stats SA said of the 11.2 million children aged seven to 17 years in South Africa, 11.1 million were attending school, while 179,000 were not attending school in 2015. Among those attending school, the number of girls (5,505,000) was slightly higher than that of boys (5,501,000), said Stats SA.

The National Development Plan (NDP) targets that by 2030, South Africans should have access to education and training of the highest quality.

The report said 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 proportion of children not attending school fell by 0.5 per centage point to 1.5 per cent in 2015 and the proportion of those not attending school was highest among those aged 15 to 17 years.

The survey found that there was a decline in the number of children involved in child labour — from 779,000 in 2010 to 577,000 in 2015. In addition, children aged 16 to 17 years were more likely to be involved in child labour than the other age groups. In the same vein, black African children were more likely to be involved in child labour when compared to other population groups.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK