SA’s Millennials have made substantial strides in education outcomes
It is often said that each generation should be better off than their parents. In South Africa, generational changes have largely been impacted by important political changes that affected the choices available to Generation X’ers and Millennials in terms of their educational and labour market participations.
According to a recent report, Education and Labour Market Outcomes in South Africa, 2018, released by Statistics South Africa, the biggest achievement was in the educational achievements of individuals who were aged 23–381 in 2002 (Generation X) as compared to those of the same age in 2018 (Millennials). Millennials – those born between 1980 and 1999 – are reported to have reduced percentage of people who did not have schooling, from 4,3% in 2002 to less than one per cent (0,9%) in 2018. Millennials who dropped out of primary school reduced from 19,5% in 2002 to 6,6% in 2018. Furthermore, the percentage of a tertiary qualification achievement increased from 10,9% in 2002 to 14,9% in 2018.
The world is changing at an increasingly faster pace and education is no exception. New challenges in the educational sector need to be addressed faster