South Africa Education Spending 1960-2024

General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of total general government expenditure on all sectors (including health, education, social services, etc.). It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.
  • South Africa education spending for 2022 was 19.75%, a 1.26% increase from 2021.
  • South Africa education spending for 2021 was 18.49%, a 0% increase from 2020.
  • South Africa education spending for 2020 was 18.48%, a 0.21% decline from 2019.
  • South Africa education spending for 2019 was 18.69%, a 1.6% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Education Spending (% of GDP)
Namibia 24.71%
Dominican Republic 22.44%
Malaysia 20.15%
South Africa 19.75%
Guatemala 19.40%
Belize 17.83%
St. Lucia 16.90%
Peru 16.51%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 15.23%
Thailand 14.64%
Gabon 13.80%
Algeria 13.10%
Azerbaijan 13.00%
Marshall Islands 11.15%
Paraguay 10.94%
Maldives 10.18%
Ecuador 10.00%
Grenada 9.87%
Tonga 9.77%
Jordan 9.54%
Nauru 6.98%
Dominica 6.41%
Armenia 0.00%
Botswana 0.00%
Iraq 0.00%
Mexico 0.00%
Albania 0.00%
Brazil 0.00%
Iran 0.00%
Turkmenistan 0.00%
Guyana 0.00%
Belarus 0.00%
Libya 0.00%
Suriname 0.00%
Samoa 0.00%
Bosnia 0.00%
Cuba 0.00%
Lebanon 0.00%
Mauritius 0.00%
Serbia 0.00%
Venezuela 0.00%
Bulgaria 0.00%
Costa Rica 0.00%
Equatorial Guinea 0.00%
Kazakhstan 0.00%
Montenegro 0.00%
Russia 0.00%
Colombia 0.00%
North Macedonia 0.00%
Romania 0.00%
Tuvalu 0.00%
American Samoa 0.00%
China 0.00%
Fiji 0.00%
Jamaica 0.00%
Turkey 0.00%
South Africa Education Spending - Historical Data
Year Education Spending (% of GDP) Annual Change
2022 19.75% 1.26%
2021 18.49% 0.00%
2020 18.48% -0.21%
2019 18.69% -1.60%
2018 20.29% 1.41%
2017 18.88% 2.76%
2016 16.12% -2.76%
2015 18.89% 2.53%
2014 16.35% -0.40%
2013 16.75% -2.45%
2012 19.20% 0.75%
2011 18.46% 1.22%
2010 17.24% 0.00%
2009 17.24% -1.31%
2008 18.55% 18.55%
2007 0.00% -19.02%
2006 19.02% 0.94%
2005 18.08% 0.81%
2004 17.27% -0.72%
2003 18.00% 1.39%
2002 16.61% -1.22%
2001 17.83% -0.58%
2000 18.40% -0.07%
1999 18.48% -0.33%
1998 18.81% -1.10%
1997 19.91% -0.11%
1996 20.02% 20.02%
1995 0.00% 0.00%
1994 0.00% 0.00%
1993 0.00% 0.00%
1992 0.00% 0.00%
1991 0.00% 0.00%
1990 0.00% 0.00%
1989 0.00% 0.00%
1988 0.00% 0.00%
1987 0.00% 0.00%
1986 0.00% 0.00%
1985 0.00% 0.00%
1984 0.00% 0.00%
1983 0.00% 0.00%
1982 0.00% 0.00%
1981 0.00% 0.00%
1980 0.00% 0.00%
1979 0.00% 0.00%
1978 0.00% 0.00%
1977 0.00% 0.00%
1976 0.00% 0.00%
1975 0.00% 0.00%
1974 0.00% 0.00%
1973 0.00% 0.00%
1972 0.00% 0.00%
1971 0.00% 0.00%
1970 0.00% 0.00%
1969 0.00% 0.00%
1968 0.00% 0.00%
1967 0.00% 0.00%
1966 0.00% 0.00%
1965 0.00% 0.00%
1964 0.00% 0.00%
1963 0.00% 0.00%
1962 0.00% 0.00%
1961 0.00% 0.00%
1960 0.00% 0.00%