The percentage of South Africans witha matric or Grade 12 education increased from 21.5% in 2002 to 26.2% in 2010, a general household survey published on Thursday by Statistics South Africa showed.

The percentage of persons with a tertiary qualification increased from 9.2% in 2002 to 11.2% in 2010. The percentage of persons with no formal education also decreased significantly from 10.8% (2002) to 7% (2010) and the percentage classified as functionally illiterate (highest level of education lower than Grade 7) decreased from 27.9% to 19.2%.

Provinces with the highest percentages of persons without a formal education were: Limpopo (13.4%), Mpumalanga (11.3%), Northern Cape (10.9%) and North West (10.2%). - I-Net Bridge