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South Africa

According to the South African Schools Act (RSA, 1996), schooling is compulsory for children aged 7-15 (or attendance in Grades 1 to 9, whichever comes first).School life spans 13 years or grades, from grade 0, otherwise known as grade R or "reception year", through to grade 12 or "matric" - the year of matriculation.

Phases of basic education in SA consists of Foundation phase incorporates grades R to 3, Intermediate phase incorporates grades 4 to 6, Senior phase incorporates grades 7 to 9 and further education and training (FET) incorporates grades 10 to 12.

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