Mr Fabian Arends

DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
TELEPHONE: 012 302 2930

Mr Fabian Arends is a Senior Research Manager in the Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division focussing on schooling and education at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

He joined the HSRC in September 2001 as a researcher in the research programme on Human Resources Development. His research interests have been Teacher Demand and Supply; Teacher Quality and Learner Performance; and has an extensive background in the maintenance, management and development of Education and Training databases. His recent projects include monitoring and evaluating science awareness and engagement projects falling within the Department of Science and Technology`s Youth into Science Strategy. Since 2011, he has been involved in the Department of Basic Education?s Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS), which assesses the mathematics and science knowledge of fourth and eighth grade learners nationally and internationally.

His research vision for the next five years is to listen to the voices of learners, parents, teachers, principals and community members on their perceptions on the state of education and share their voices with educators, policy makers and the public. Mr Arends holds a Diploma in Education from the Rand College of Education and an undergraduate degree from the University of South Africa. He has a BA (Hons) of Geography and an MBA degree in Information Management and E-Commerce from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management as part of the MBA course. Before joining the HSRC, Mr Arends was an educator at the Westbury Senior Secondary School in Johannesburg. He was later employed in the Education Management Information Systems unit in the Gauteng Department of Education.

Arends has co-authored the following monographs/books: Human Resources Development Review 2003 (2003, HSRC Press); ICT skills at the intermediate level in South Africa: Insights into private provision and labour market demand (2007, HSRC Press); Beginner Teachers in South Africa: School Readiness, Knowledge and Skills (2009, HSRC Press); Teacher Graduate Production in South Africa (2009, HSRC Press); The low achievement trap: Comparing schools in Botswana and South Africa (2012, HSRC Press); Millennium Development Goals: country report 2015 (2015 Statistics South Africa, Pretoria); Beyond Benchmarks: What twenty years of TIMSS data tell us about South African education (2015, HSRC Press); TIMSS 2015 Grade 5 National Report: Understanding mathematics achievement amongst Grade 5 learners in South Africa (2018, HSRC Press).

In addition, he has published journal articles and numerous client reports for government departments such as the Department of Basic Education, Department of Higher Education and Training, Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Agriculture. Mr Arends is a member of the Education Committee of the South African National Commission for UNESCO, which aims to promote UNESCO?s objectives with regard to education.