Women in Education: Data released in 2015 showed that women dominate South Africa’s post-school education and training (PSET) landscape.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) found that women outnumber their male counterparts as both students and staff in higher education institutions and technical and vocational education and training institutions (TVET).
The stats speak for themselves:
- In 2015, females made up 58.3% of total student enrolment in public higher education universities (HEI), with a higher proportion of women enrolled for both contact and distance modes of learning compared to men.
- In private HEIs, female enrolment (73.8%) was also higher than that of males.
- Of the 702,383 students in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges – 357,940 (51%) were women, 304,667 (43%) were men and 39,776 (6%) chose not to disclose gender.
- Of the 166,433 students who had enrolled for the National Certificate qualification type, 97,147 (58%) were female and 65,727 (39%) were male, with the remainder undisclosed.
- The gender dominance of women was at its greatest in the adult education and training (AET) sector, comprising 1,828 centres with 15,447 educators and 262,680 learners. For examinations in the General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training (GETC-ABET) Level 4, 103,488 women students registered, of whom 80,850 wrote and 30,989 completed the level in 2015. By contrast, only 29,875 male students registered, of whom 21,684 wrote and 7,603 completed the level. This means that the number of female completions of the certificate were over 400% higher than the number of male completions.
At a ceremony on Women’s Day 2016, South African President Jacob Zuma said that the education and advancement of women remains government’s priority. He urged banks to work with government to grant women loans so they are able to better their lives.
“We are investing in education more than before, so that we can use this instrument to improve the lives of women. We urge the private sector to come to the party, and provide loans to women as part of promoting economic development,” Zuma said.