Mr Fabian Arends

DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
TELEPHONE: +27 (0)12 302 2930
EMAIL: farends@hsrc.ac.za

Fabian Arends is a senior research manager in the Research Programme for Education and Skills Development (ESD). He has 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.

Mr. Arends has an extensive background in the maintenance, management and development of Education and Training databases to support research and to develop indicators for the monitoring of the performance of the education and training systems. He has effectively collaborated with colleagues and researchers in multi-disciplinary research teams and partnerships.

Mr. Arends is currently the project manager for the Department of Science and Technology's Youth in Science Strategy, and the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study, Numeracy (TIMSS-N): 2014 - 2016

Recent

Science engagement framework and youth into science strategy: science centre capacity building project evaluation

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the training which was provided through the SCCB project in 2015, in order to determine its impact on the ca....

TIMSS 2015: highlights of mathematics and science achievement of grade 9 South African learners

TIMSS estimates mathematics and science achievement and attempts to explain students' performance using contextual information. The TIMSS design also ....

TIMSS 2015: highlights of mathematics and science achievement of grade 5 South African learners

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an assessment of the mathematics and science knowledge of fourth grade and eighth....

Skills supply and demand in South Africa

This report provides a holistic understanding of the current supply and demand for skills in South Africa, and represents one of the first attempts to....

Investigating employer interaction with the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA)

The focus of the present study is to investigate employer interaction with the Department of Labour's Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) syste....

Millennium Development Goal 6: combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 2015

The Millenium Development Goal 6 of combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, inlcuding TB, has targets and indicators and this ch....

Millennium Development Goal 2: achieve universal primary education 2015

The Millennium Development Goal 2 to achieve universal primary education has one target, which is to ensure that by 2015 children everywhere, boys and....

Millennium Development Goal 3: promote gender equality and empower women 2015

Great strides have been made in ensuring gender parity in the educational context. However targets related to the equalization of employment opportun....

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality 2015

This report provides measures and the status of and progress towards addressing country-specific challenges and concerns and leading causes of child m....

Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health 2015

This report assesses South Africa's progress towards achieving MDG 5, namely to improve maternal health as outlined in the millennium declaration. It....

Science engagement framework and youth into science strategy: science centre capacity building project evaluation

The Science Centre Capacity Building (SCCB) project was introduced in response to the capacity challenge presented by the rapid increase in the number....

Contributing to the development of engineering service capacity through experiential learning

This report provides an assessment of the impact of the Engineering Experiential Learning Programme.....

Science awareness, attitudes and astronomy: continuity and changes: South African Social Attitudes Survey 2013

A 2009 study for the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) reviewed research in this area undertaken in South Africa. O....

Highlights of the Youth into Science and Science Engagement programmes 2015

The DST commissioned the HSRC (Education and Skills Development programme) to undertake the tracking of participants in YiSS programmes, and to map ou....

Beyond benchmarks: what twenty years of TIMSS data tell us about South African education

South Africa has participated in a number of local and international educational achievement studies over the past 20 years. Their main purpose has b....

Employment and learning pathways of learnership participants in the NSDS phase II

It is striking that the period in which learnerships have been implemented is very short seven years. The challenges of creating a new skills developm....

Highlights of youth into science strategy

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched the Youth into Science Strategy: Nurturing Youth Talent for a Stronger National System of Inno....

Highlights from TIMSS 2011: the South African perspective

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is cross-national assessment of the mathematics and science knowledge of fourth Grad....

The good teacher: what teachers need to teach well

Who are the teachers that get good results in teaching mathematics and science? Does gender, qualifications, attitude or experience have anything to d....

An assessment of the implementation of the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA)

The aim of this study was to identify challenges in the implementation of ESSA and to identify and make recommendations on areas of improvement and st....

Teacher shortages?: the need for more reliable information at school level

The main argument in this article is that more teachers leave the teaching profession than new recruits enter the profession. If this trend continues....

Education, training and skills development in the Cape Town City Region: background paper

This background report provides an overview of current conditions, capacity and performance on the education and training supply side in the Cape Town....

Teacher graduate production in South Africa

The quality of any national education system depends on its teachers. In recent years in South Africa, teacher supply has become a matter of national ....

Beginner teachers in South Africa: school readiness, knowledge and skills

Despite a strong emphasis on teacher education and development in post-apartheid South Africa, statistics show a low retention of beginner teachers in....

Impact assessment of learnerships and apprenticeships

This study was commissioned by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (MERSETA) with the aim of ascertaining the efficiency and effe....

Who are we missing?: teacher graduate production in South Africa, 1995-2006

This article analyses teacher production in South Africa between 1995 and 2006. It synthesizes an in-depth analysis of enrolment and graduate data dra....

School drop-outs and imprisoned youths

Young people equate life as a 'drop-out' to living in a prison, writes SAADHNA PANDAY and FABIAN ARENDS, following discussions held on learner retenti....

ICT skills at the intermediate level in South Africa: insights into private provision and labour market demand

Both the government and the private sector have recognised the invaluable role that information and communication technology (ICT) plays in responding....

The importance of intermediate and high skills development in the Western Cape: background paper 1: the underpinning infrastructure: public schooling in the Western Cape

This is one of three background papers written to inform the HSRC's report on the significance of intermediate and high-level skills development for m....

A human resources development profile of the eastern Cape

This report provides a profile of human resources development (HRD) in the eastern Cape. What is presented is a foundation document upon which the go....

Millennium Development Goals: country report 2015

This is the sixth and final Millennium Development Goals report (MDGR), since the adoption of the MDGs in 2000, and it reflects on the achievements ma....