The Department of Education commissioned the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to conduct a national survey on the locality and other information linked to all schools in South Africa.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
v1.1: Edited dataset for use in DataFirst research data centre only
The original version of the School Register of Needs Survey was obtained by DataFirst at an unknown date between the original release and February 2012. This version contains a number of anomalies, errors and misspecifications that make it intractable. This version partially remedies these issues and represents a cleaner version of the data than the original, albeit with the imposition of a few assumptions. This version also adds value and variable labels where that information is available.
Most of these assumptions were made to deal with the specification of certain variable values as strings instead of integrers representing categoricals defined in the questionnaire (which serves as the only source of information for the dataset - no complete metadata is obviously available). For example, certain schools were assigned the string value "Junior Primary (Sub A - Std Senior Primary (Std Primary (Sub A - Std Senior Secondary (Std 9 - Std 10)) - Std Senior Secondary (Std 9 - Std 10)))Junior Secondary (Std Secondary (Std 6 - Std 10) - Std Combined (Sub A - Std 10))", which is nonsensical. It was assumed that these values were misspecified entries which should have read "Junior Primary (Sub A - Std 2)". As such, these responses were redefined as having a value of "1", which corresponds with "Junior Primary (Sub A - Std 2)" - information gleaned from the questionnaire.
A full list of these changes is included in the a document accompanying this dataset.
All schools in South Africa
Producers and sponsors
Human Science Research Council
National Department of Education
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
Datasets only accessible in DataFirst research data centre.
National Department of Education. School Register of Needs Survey 1996 [dataset]. Version 1.1. Pretoria: National Department of Education [producers], 1997. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2012.
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.