Call for school dropouts to factor into policy, tracked with reduction targets

The Zero Dropout Campaign has called for the school dropout rate to be factored into policy frameworks and set reduction targets.

The campaign was presenting its research on the school dropout crisis to the portfolio committee on basic education yesterday, following the release of what they said were worrying pupil dropout projections by the Department of Basic Education since the reopening of schools.

According to the organisation, as many as 40% pupils who start Grade1 would exit the schooling system before completing Grade 12 because of various influences and conditions inside and outside of the school environment.

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