This study probes the connection between resources and outcomes in South African public schools. It aims to develop a deeper understanding of the effects of socio-economic segregation and inadequate resources on the lives of poor learners.
Education is a potent tool in the fight against poverty and other forms of inequality, but to be effective, changes in the schooling system and the way society responds to the challenge of poverty are needed. This study argues that the problems of poor academic performance in public schools cannot simply be attributed to poor teaching, management and the inefficient use of resources. We need to face up to the broader challenges of education for the poor.
This publication is the first in a series of research projects by the Economic Governance Programme of democracy institute Idasa, which locates schools within society and reflects society through the schools and schooling systems it produces.
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