Chris van Wyk

Researcher

Chris van Wyk has extensive experience in the South African education sector having worked in schools and universities as a teacher, principal and lecturer as well as having spent over 10 years managing the Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) for the Provincial Government of the Western Cape. He has a PhD in Education Policy from Stellenbosch University with a focus on the use of quantitative methods in analysing education datasets.

As an expert in Education Management Information Systems (EMIS), Chris was responsible for the development of the EMIS strategy for the National Department of Education in South Africa. He was involved in the Grade 3 Improvement Study for Literacy and Numeracy for the Western Cape Education department. He has analysed the data quality of education statistics in Kenya, Botswana and Malawi using Data Quality Assessment Framework of UNESCO. He was involved in a project for NSFAS to undertake a detailed cohort analysis of students who received their first loan/ bursary through NSFAS in the academic years 2000-2004. He also has a post-graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation and an Honours degree in computer science.

The promise of SA-SAMS & DDD data for tracking progression, repetition and drop-out

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP17/2019
This paper analyses the SA-SAMS school administration data that the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in partnership with the Department of Basic Education collects quarterly…
December 19, 2019 By: Chris van Wyk, Nicola Deghaye, Servaas van der Berg, Kate Rich PDF

The first five years project – a cohort study of students awarded NSFAS loans in the first five years 2000-2004

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2013
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP11/2013 This study was commissioned by NSFAS to use available data to arrive at a picture that would reflect the…
October 16, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk, Servaas van der Berg, Pierre de Villiers PDF

An overview of education data in South Africa: an inventory approach

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19.2015
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP19.2015 Publication date: 2015 Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the various datasets pertaining to education in South Africa…
October 16, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk PDF

The performance of low fee independent schools in South Africa – What can available data tell?

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP01/2017 Publication date: January 2017 Abstract: This study uses a unique dataset to investigate university access, throughput, and dropout for…
October 16, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk, Marlies Piek, Ronelle Burger, Servaas van der Berg, Janeli Kotzé, Kate Rich PDF

Education datasets in South Africa

Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2015
Stellenbosch Policy Brief No. 04/2015 Abstract: The working paper on which this policy brief is based reviews education datasets available in South Africa, mostly from…
October 16, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk PDF

Learner flow through patterns in the Western Cape using CEMIS datasets from 2007 to 2014: A longitudinal cohort analysis

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2017
Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP02/2017 Publication date: January 2017 Abstract: The aim of the study was to track learners as a group or cohort…
October 12, 2017 By: Chris van Wyk, Anderson Gondwe, Pierre de Villiers PDF

The impact of the introduction of grade r on learning outcomes

In December 2012 the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) commissioned an…
October 4, 2013 By: Chris van Wyk, Debra Shepherd, Servaas van der Berg, Elizabeth Girdwood, John Kruger, Janeli Viljoen, Olivia Ezeobi, Poppie Ntaka PDF

The development of an education management information system from a sense making perspective and the application of quantitative methods to analyse education data sets.

Thesis (PhD)—University of Stellenbosch, 2006
  PhD Thesis  Candidate: Chris van Wyk Supervisor: Professor Servaas van der Berg Co-supervisor: Professor s. Berkhout Abstract: Information is a necessary resource, produced by information systems…
October 16, 2006 By: Chris van Wyk, Servaas van der Berg, Prof. S. Berkhout (co-supervisor) PDF