The General Household Survey 2015 released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) reveals that only 3.1% of Black South Africans aged between 18 to 29 were studying at higher education institutions.
This number is low compared to 15.7% of White South Africans of the same age, and 14.3% of Indian South Africans.
Statistician-General, Pali Lehohla, told Xolani Gwala that education is a challenge across black communities regardless of class.
A poor black cannot support their child in terms of things they do at junior certificate and matric, those things become too complicated for the parent. For the middle and higher income blacks, those wives and husbands are working. They are busy and there is no support system.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
In terms of income and the life, they (middle-income blacks) almost behave and look like whites, but in terms of sustenance of those systems to be true middle class, you have an income that's very difficult.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
And you have angry children of a black middle class who are very angry because they cannot achieve what a child of middle class can achieve.— Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General