Education in the Northern Cape Province

 

The Northern Cape is located in the north-western corner of South Africa and has a shoreline of approximately 313 km along the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest of the nine Provinces of South Africa accounting for 30, 5% of the total land mass of the country. Despite its incredible size as compared to the rest of the country, the province only accommodates 2,2% of the total South African population as per Provincial Mid-Year Estimates 2013 conducted by Statistics

 

The province is divided into five administrative districts namely:-

 

Frances Baard - Houses the capital of the province, Kimberley, and accommodates 38.3% of the total provincial population. As per the 2018 – 10th Day school data collection, the district has a total of 141 schools including 118 public ordinary schools, 8 Special Need Education schools and 15 Independent schools. With a total number of 3 329 educators, including 193 in Public Independent schools, 2 951 in Public Ordinary schools and 185 in Special Needs Education , the District serves 97 225 schools, including 3 061 in the Public Independent schools, 92 480 in Public Ordinary schools and 1 684 in the Special Needs Education school. Regardless of schools’ infrastructural challenges in the District, a large percentage of the school infrastructure in the district is deemed to be acceptable as per schools’ infrastructure norms and standard.

 

John Taolo Gaetsewe - This district was previously known as the Kgalagadi district and was demarcated to the province in 2006. Kuruman is the capital of this district. The district has the highest number of schools with 170 Public ordinary schools, 5 Public Independent schools and 1 Special Needs Education schools as per the 2018-10th day school data collection. While the District has a 77 771 total number of learners, including 76 193 in Public ordinary schools, 1 432 in Public Independent schools and 146 in Special Needs Education schools, these learners are served by a total number of 2 458 educators, including 2 342 in Public ordinary schools, 100 in Public Independent schools and 16 in Special Needs Education schools. The socio-political and economical history of this district renders it the district with the largest number of extremely disadvantaged schools.

 

Namakwa - This district is located on the boundaries of the Western Cape with Springbok as its capital. The district has the lowest unemployment rate of only 16, 8%. The total number of schools in the District stands at 81, including 72 Public ordinary schools, 8 Public Independent schools and 1 Special Needs Education schools. These schools are populated with 22 431 learners, including 21 782 in Public ordinary schools, 411 learners in Public Independent schools and 238 learners in the Special Needs Education schools. The number of educators to serve these learners stands at 825 whose 764 in Public ordinary schools, 45 in Public Independent and 16 in Special Needs Education.

 

This district is one of the largest per square kilometre area. However, this District is home to the lowest population. Most schools in this district are in remote areas and a large number of them have infrastructure assets which are under-utilised. This district has the largest number of school hostels in the province, due to its geographical size.

 

Pixley Ka Seme – Made up with 92 schools, including 88 Public ordinary schools and 4 Public Independent schools, Pixley Ka-Seme District is the second smallest in terms of resident population. This is also reflected by its learner population which stands at 46 212 including 45 848 in Public ordinary schools and only 364 in the 4 Public Independent schools. The 46 212 learners are served by 1 522 educators of whom 1 469 are in the Public ordinary schools and 53 in the Public Independent schools. The capital of the district is De Aar. This district is vast and the towns are far from each other, resulting in school infrastructure assets being under-utilised.

 

 

ZF Mgcawu– Formerly known as Siyanda District, has the youngest population in the province with 36% of the population being between the ages of 15 - 34. The capital of the district is Upington. The total number of schools in ZF Mgcawu stands at 102 including 97 Public ordinary schools, 4 Independents and 1 Special Needs Education school. These schools are populated by 57 566 learners in total of whom 57 368 are in the Public ordinary schools, 179 in the Public Independent schools and only 19 learners in the Special Needs Education schools. The total number of educators, however, stands at 1 910 including 1 883 in the Public ordinary schools, 24 in the Independent schools and only 3 in the only 1 Special Needs Education school in the District. School infrastructure in the district is reported to be well utilised except for the remote areas of Mier. Most of the school infrastructure in the district is also well maintained.

 

Public Schools in the Northern Cape 

Private Schools in the Northern Cape