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Learners rely heavily on school feeding programme - survey

Nearly 8 out of every 10 pupils attending a government school rely on a school feeding programme.

FILE: Volunteer prepare food in a soup kitchen.  Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Nearly 8 out of every 10 pupils attending a government school rely on a school feeding programme.

The data was part of Stats SA's General Household Survey released on Wednesday.

The General Household Survey shows there were 14 million South Africans in the schooling system in 2016, with 5.8% of them attended private schools and just over 13 million were in the public school system.

The data further indicates more than three-quarters of public school learners rely on a school nutritional programme, most of them in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile, there has been a 29.6% increase in the number of individuals over the age of 20, who passed grade 12, since 2002.

More than two-thirds of the 766,000 students enrolled at higher educational institutions last year were black African.

But the survey states proportionally that this group is still under-represented.

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