The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has been challenged to set annual targets to reduce the school dropout rate.
While there was a dropout crisis in the country’s schools, the department has no reduction target plan, the Zero Dropout Campaign has said.
The campaign, a fairly new social project of the DG Murray Trust, made a presentation before Parliament’s basic education portfolio committee yesterday.
“DBE’s revised five-year strategic plan 2015/16-2019/20 mentions dropout, with an emphasis on keeping learners engaged up to Grade 9 (but there’s) no target identified for learner dropout,” said the campaign’s director, Merle Mansfield, in a presentation.
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