South Africa: Education spending, percent of GDP

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 South Africa

Public spending on education, percent of GDP

 Latest value 6.18
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1987 - 2022
 Average 5.14
 Min - Max 4.35 - 6.56
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1987 to 2022. The average value for South Africa during that period was 5.14 percent with a minimum of 4.35 percent in 2003 and a maximum of 6.56 percent in 2021. The latest value from 2022 is 6.18 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 83 countries is 3.80 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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South Africa - Education spending, percent of GDP - recent values

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South Africa - Education spending, percent of GDP - historical chart - 1987-2022




Definition: General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of GDP. It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.


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 Literacy rate 90.00 2021 percent
 Female literacy rate, ages 15-24 97.48 2021 percent
 Male literacy rate, ages 15-24 95.91 2021 percent
 Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24 96.70 2021 percent
 Student teacher ratio, primary school 30.33 2015 students per teacher
 Primary school completion rate 97.01 2021 percent
 School starting age, primary school 7 2022 years
 Female to male ratio, primary school pupils 0.96 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, secondary school students 1.09 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, students at tertiary level education 1.39 2021 percent
 Preprimary school enrollment 17.55 2020 percent
 Primary school enrollment 98.12 2021 percent
 Secondary school enrollment 111.80 2021 percent
 Tertiary school enrollment 25.24 2021 percent
 Trained teachers in primary education 77.92 2002 percent
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