Category: News and Opinion

RESEP alumni, Laura Rossouw, published in top-rated journal


RESEP PhD alumni, Laura Rossouw, has published one of her PhD chapters in the latest issue of top-rated demography journal, Demography.

Quantitative Education Research Conference 2018

RESEP’s annual, two-day conference on Quantitative Applications in Education Research was held on 6 and 7 September 2018 in Stellenbosch

RESEP website launch

It’s been a while in the making, but we are very excited to announce that the day has finally arrived: RESEP’s new website is now live!

New policy briefs: September


RESEP’s most recent policy briefs are now available for download.

Investment Trends Report: Financial Trends in Post-school Education and Training


In 2018, RESEP was contracted by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) via the National Skills Fund to draft an Investment Trends report.  The report provides a broad overview and analysis of financial trends in Post-school Education and Training (PSET), with the emphasis falling on the 2010/11 to 2019/20 financial years, including the 2017 Medium Term Expenditure (MTEF) period, while providing detailed underlying data (nominal and real).

World Bank commissioned RESEP paper now available

RESEP team

A paper by RESEP’s Servaas van der Berg and Heleen Hofmeyr, titled “An incomplete transition – overcoming the legacy of exclusion in South Africa”, is now available on the World Bank’s website.

RESEP’s DHET short course


The Department of Higher Education Training (DHET) course is funded by UNICEF. The course, which is a Stellenbosch University accredited short course, typically lasts two weeks. The aim of the training is to empower those working within the Department of Education to use their own data to inform future policy decisions. RESEP’s experience in working with data on the South African education system enables us to provide highly specialised training in management, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data.

RESEP’s Prof. van der Berg undertakes new work for World Bank in Lesotho


Servaas van der Berg has recently undertaken some work for the World Bank in Lesotho as part of a Public Expenditure Review.

Funda Wande: Teaching Reading for Meaning

Nic Spaull

The “Funda Wande: Teaching Reading for Meaning” project aims to help address the fact that most (58%) South African children don’t read for meaning, by developing a high-quality, free, open-access and SAQA-approved course: the ‘Certificate in Teaching Early Grade Reading.”

UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) commissions RESEP’s Chris van Wyk


In 2017, RESEP’s Chris van Wyk was commissioned by UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS), as the lead consultant to develop training materials and methodological tools to be used for capacity building activities.

RESEP Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Servaas van der Berg , RESEP group

Research on development issues in an African context. Analysis of household data sets, with a particular focus on poverty and labour market outcomes. Analysis of Higher Education outcomes, including the collation of existing administrate data, subsequent analysis of data, and the production of research outputs.  

ReSEP report on flows from matric to, and through, university enriching debate around student fees


Recent research looking at “higher education access and outcomes for the 2008 national matric cohort”, by Hendrik van Broekhuizen, Servaas van der Berg and Heleen Hofmeyr of Stellenbosch University are colouring the debate around student fees in South Africa with in-depth analysis that are attracting welcome interest.

ReSEP hosts its third Quantitative Applications in Education Research Conference, 28 & 29 September 2017

Servaas van der Berg , RESEP Group

ReSEP held its third annual “Quantitative Applications in Education Research” conference at STIAS in Stellenbosch from 28 – 29 September 2017. A total of 110 participants from a range of backgrounds, including education researchers, policy-makers and PhD students attended the conference.

During her video address, Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, welcomed participants to the conference and expressed her support for the ongoing research conducted within the ReSEP group:

SA data shows large and unexpected increase in births around 2004


This article originally appeared on the Business Day website as a partially edited version, which can be found here. For the original article, please read below.

By Martin Gustafsson

RESEP launches its synthesis report entitled “A Society Divided: How Unequal Education Quality Limits Social Mobility in South Africa”


On Friday, 24 March 2017, RESEP launched its synthesis report entitled “A Society Divided: How Unequal Education Quality Limits Social Mobility in South Africa”. The research project was headed up by Prof Servaas van der Berg and the report incorporates the research of about 20 authors. The central focus of the report is the role of education in promoting social mobility for the poor in the highly unequal South African economic landscape. The investigation is of particular relevance in a country where the rapid expansion of educational attainment since the 1970s has not produced the desired labour market outcomes for many South Africans, for the most part perpetuating patterns of poverty and inequality along the apartheid dimensions of race and geography.