The costs of illiteracy in South Africa

Report by Martin Gustafsson, Servaas van der Berg, Debra Sheperd and Cobus Burger. Produced for JET Education Services in 2009 with funding provided by Nedbank. A working paper of the Department of Economics and the Bureau for Economic Research at the University of Stellenbosch.

"The paper’s key concerns are to estimate the current level of illiteracy in South Africa and to gauge the costs of illiteracy, in monetary and non-monetary terms, to individuals and to the country. Moreover, the paper identifies key strategies with respect to data collection and education that seem important in the fight against illiteracy in South Africa."

Read the document: