Statistics on post-school education and training in South Africa: 2012


Lesego Ramose

Since its establishment in May 2009, the Department of Higher Education and Training has published two issues of its annual statistical report Statistics on Post-School Education and Training in South Africa.  The two reports for the years 2010 and 2011 are published on the DHET website.

The report covers information pertaining to public and private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), public and private Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges, public and private Adult Education (AET) Centres, and workplace-based education and training facilitated by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).

It provides statistical information on student enrolment, graduation and certification, and institutional staffing levels at post-school education and training institutions, as well as information about workplace-based education and training. The soon-to-be published publication of 2012 data will, for the first time, report on funding in the post-school education and training sector, by providing selected time series financial information from 2010 to 2012, including the distribution of expenditure across the different components of the post-school education and training sector.

The report is an important resource for planning and for the allocation of budgetary resources in the post-school education and training sector. It is a reference document for reporting processes in government, including the monitoring and evaluation of post-school education and training. In addition, it provides evidence for use in policy research and decision-making at the different levels of the system. It therefore makes a crucial contribution to the achievement of the goals of the post-school sector.

Researchers and other stakeholders are encouraged to use the publication as a basis for further inquiry and analysis.

The publication is forthcoming and will be available on the DHET website:

Enquiries to HETIS officer at Tel: +27(012) 312 5212 or email:

Lesego Ramose is a Senior Administration Officer in the Directorate: Research Co-ordination Monitoring and Evaluation, DHET. Email:

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The Research Bulletin on Post-School Education and Training is prepared by the Directorate: Research Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation. Enquiries or contributions may be directed to: Lesego RamoseTel: 012 312 5657 Email: Department of Higher Education and Training, 123 Francis Baard Street, Pretoria 0001