The mismatch between educational expansion and perceived social mobility: labour market barriers and unfulfilled expectations

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 02/2017

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This policy brief draws on a recent working paper that analyses the links between the expansion of education across generations and social mobility in South Africa. The core findings illustrate how massive strides in access to education have not translated into perceived socioeconomic progress among younger generations. One obstacle is that – despite more education – access to employment remains constrained. This mismatch is associated with high levels of unfulfilled expectations. A focus on improved education quality and creating awareness of the value of vocational training present potential solutions to these obstacles.