Around 40% of learners who start school in Grade 1 will exit the schooling system before completing Grade 12, according to the Zero Dropout campaign – an advocacy group aiming to halve SA’s dropout rate by 2030.
School dropout rates are recorded in every country, but South Africa’s are at abnormally high levels.
“South Africa’s dropout rate is a crisis,” said Merle Mansfield, the programme director for the Zero Dropout campaign.
“Regardless of what the dropout number is, we don’t currently have the data set necessary to accurately define or reflect the extent of the problem.”
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