Education: Overview of CSI Spend

Education was supported by 91% of companies and received 39% of CSI expenditure in 2021, down from 50% in 2020. This drop is most likely due to the pandemic-induced increase in expenditure on disaster relief and food security.

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  • As in previous years, most education spend (52%) was allocated to school-level education (general education plus further education and training).

  • Tertiary education received 29% of education spend, down from 33% in 2020, and early childhood development received 13% of education spend.

  • Adult education still receives the smallest amount of education spend (3%).

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  • The largest portion of CSI education spend was on bursaries, scholarships, and university chairs (26%) – similar to previous years.

  • Corporates funding bursaries were asked if they had changed their programmes given the increase in public funding for tertiary education by NSFAS. The majority of the 38 corporates funding bursaries (87%) made no changes to their programmes, up from 62% that made no changes in 2020. Just over one in ten (11%) said they had shifted funding to other focus areas.

  • Learner development received the second-largest allocation of CSI education spend (22%), with teacher development in a distant third place with half the amount spent on learners (11%).

  • Average education spend on ICT infrastructure, facilities, and equipment increased from 7% in 2020 to 10% in 2021, the highest allocation in the past three years.

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  • In line with previous years, maths and science were the most supported subjects, receiving an average of 32% of CSI education spend.

  • Language and literacy moved to third place, receiving an average of 10% of CSI education spend, largely due to the decline in spend on IT from 18% in 2020 to 8% in 2021.

Source details: Trialogue Business in Society Handbook 2021