1 088 Gauteng pupils failed to return to school this year

Civil organisation Zero Dropout Campaign’s head of communications and advocacy, Rahima Essop, said the fact that many pupils had not returned to school was concerning and required urgent attention in the form of a sustained drop-out prevention plan.

“Drop-out comes at the end of a process in which young people become increasingly detached from their education over a period of time. When schools closed, many learners lost their connection to teaching and learning as well as the social, nutritional and emotional safety nets that schools provide,” Essop said.

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