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.
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v1.1: Edited, anonymised dataset for licensed distribution
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 partially remedies anomalies in the original 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 the document "SRNS 1996 Variable Relabelling Process".
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], 2014.DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/62f9-9p72