Zero Dropout in the News

Zero Dropout in the News
  • Posted on 26 Jan 2022
  • WATCH: What factors make a learner more likely to drop out?

  • With the 2022 academic year well underway, Rahima Essop, Head of Communications and Advocacy at the Zero Dropout Campaign, warns of factors that make learners more likely to drop out. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a rise in learners not attending school and who may never return. Essop explains to Newzroom Afrika host Xoli Mngambi […]

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  • Posted on 25 Jan 2022
  • Dropout prevention should be a goal of the South African school system

  • Education organisations said the 76.4% pass rate for the class of 2021 was not a good indicator to see what the true state of the education system was. According to organisations, many children drop out before reaching matric because of pressure, social injustices, financial reasons or children-headed household responsibilities. Equal Education’s Stacey Jacobs said there were a […]

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  • Posted on 25 Jan 2022
  • South Africa’s matric pass rate — official vs “real” from 1995 to 2021

  • Basic education minister Angie Motshega announced this week that 76.4% of matrics who wrote their final exams in 2021 had passed. However, experts have said the education department’s emphasis on increasing the matric pass rate has come at the cost of declining standards. Civil action groups have also warned that the official pass rate is beguiling as it disregards […]

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  • Posted on 25 Jan 2022
  • LISTEN: We need to address why more boys repeat grades and drop out of school than girls

  • Research has shown that boys are more likely than girls to drop out of school. Over the last decade, young men have constituted a declining proportion of those writing matric. For instance, in 2018, for every 100 young women writing matric, there were only 80 young men indicating that boys are dropping out at a […]

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  • Posted on 21 Jan 2022
  • What does the matric pass rate actually tell us about the health of South Africa’s schooling system?

  • The annual matric pass rate is traditionally considered a measure of the health of our schooling system. This statistic is an important indicator for the basic education sector, but it does not tell us about learners’ pathways through school from Grade 1 to matric.  The matric pass rate only tells us about the percentage of […]

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  • Posted on 21 Jan 2022
  • LISTEN: The matric pass rate is only part of the picture

  • Rahima Essop, Head of Communications and Advocacy at The Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to Lotus FM about the need to look at school dropout alongside the matric pass rate to get a more accurate representation of the health of our education system. “The matric pass rate only tells us about the percentage of learners in […]

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  • Posted on 21 Jan 2022
  • LISTEN: Overall NSC pass rate stands at 74.6%, but what about those who dropped out before their matric exams?

  • The outcomes of the National Senior Certificate examinations were published by the Department of Basic Education yesterday indicating a 76.4% pass rate which is slightly up on last year. Rahima Essop, Head of Communications and Advocacy at the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to Power FM host, Thabiso Tema, about this. Essop explains that the matric […]

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  • Posted on 19 Jan 2022
  • LISTEN: Highest dropout rates for South Africa in 20 years

  • Before the pandemic, around 40% of learners who started school in Grade 1 would drop out before completing matric. The Covid-19 pandemic has threatened to make the situation far worse. In November 2021, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) revealed that around 200 000 learners did not return to school during a six-month period. To […]

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  • Posted on 18 Jan 2022
  • WATCH: Back to school again after three years

  • School dropout is preventable and research has shown that simple solutions can be effective. Late last year the story of Luyanda Kofu was shared. Eight year old Luyanda had been forced to drop out of school owing to his parents’ financial situation. His mother has been unemployed for the past five years and his father […]

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  • Posted on 14 Jan 2022
  • Covid-19 lockdown pregnancies: How South Africa is fighting to keep girls in school

  • By May 2021, the number of school-aged children not attending classes in South Africa was approximately 650,000-750,000, a jump of 4-500,000 from pre-pandemic times, according to education researchers. Students from the most vulnerable households are at highest risk of dropping out of school. If we don’t find ways to support these learners through school, we […]

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  • Posted on 13 Jan 2022
  • WATCH: What causes South Africa’s high dropout rate?

  • What kind of issues lead to children dropping out of school and why are so many of our learners dropping out? Rahima Essop, Head of Communications and Advocacy at the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to Stephen Grootes from Newzroom Afrika about the factors contributing to school dropout. Essop explains that understanding the drivers of dropout […]

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  • Posted on 12 Jan 2022
  • WATCH: School readiness for the 2022 academic year

  • Rotational timetabling will continue at the start of the new academic year which means that disruptions to everyday attendance are going to continue. Rahima Essop, Head of Communications and Advocacy at the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to SABC News about the long term impact of disruptions to education and learning losses. The long-term effects of […]

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  • Posted on 31 Dec 2021
  • Violence and unplaced learners among the number of issues plaguing basic education sector

  • The basic education sector has faced a number of challenges at schools across the Western Cape, including violence, unplaced learners and rotational timetables. Rahima Essop, Head of Communications and Advocacy at the Zero Dropout Campaign, said school dropout had increased this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Covid-19 school closures, along with the economic shocks […]

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  • Posted on 2 Dec 2021
  • WATCH: Over 100 000 children dropped out of SA schools in 2021

  • Merle Mansfield, Programme Director of the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to Newzroom Afrika about the factors pushing and pulling learners out of school. She also elaborates on what can be done to help these learners keep a grip on their education. “Dropout is preventable. As a country, we need to shift our focus away from […]

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  • Posted on 26 Nov 2021
  • LISTEN: How the collection of learner-level data will aid dropout prevention efforts

  • Pumza Ndamase, Project Lead for the Reading for Meaning programme at the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to Umhlobo Wenene about the need for improved learner-level data collection and monitoring. Ndamase explains how learner-level data can help educators to better understand the complex lives of South Africa’s children and why they drop out. She further elaborates […]

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  • Posted on 23 Nov 2021
  • LISTEN: We need to start monitoring and tracking dropout intentionally

  • Merle Mansfield, Programme Director of the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to Smile FM host, Stephen Stringer, about the need for improved learner-level data collection and monitoring following the address by Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) ministerial briefing. This is because high-quality administrative data can be used to track the […]

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  • Posted on 15 Nov 2021
  • LISTEN: Improved learner-level data collection and monitoring can reduce dropout

  • Merle Mansfield, Programme Director of the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to SAfm host Jon Gericke about the need for improved learner-level data collection and monitoring. This is because high-quality administrative data can be used to track the overall health and functioning of our schooling system, learner progress, grade repetition and dropout. Furthermore, learner-level data can help […]

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  • Posted on 12 Nov 2021
  • OPINION: High-quality data can help us to better understand the complex lives of South Africa’s children and why they drop out

  • Datasets offer us knowledge about the world: they are things we know or assume about a phenomenon that allow us to make reasoned conclusions. In the absence of accurate data, the ability to make evidence-based decisions becomes tricky — whether in business, politics or education. This logic gets to the heart of the Zero Dropout […]

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