Pretoria - Challenges within the basic education system do hamper the transition of many pupils to post-school education.
This was according to Statistician-General, Risenga Maluleke, during a briefing on Higher Education and Skills in SA.
He said in 2017, only three-quarters of male pupils who attended Grade 10 in 2016 progressed to Grade 11, while the same was true for close to 87% female learners.
During the same period, even fewer males (71%) who attended Grade 11 in 2016 progressed to Grade 12 the following year, while 76% of the females could do the same.
The provinces that were most affected were the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal with obvious implications for the NSC performance in these provinces.