Zero Dropout in the News

Zero Dropout in the News
  • Posted on 27 Jan 2022
  • Boys are more likely to drop out of school according to research

  • A new in-depth report from the Zero Dropout Campaign has revealed that boys are more likely to drop out of schools than girls due to the complex gender roles and norms that are applied to them during their schooling. The report makes use of the latest qualitative research and explores how gender intersects with other […]

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  • Posted on 27 Jan 2022
  • What factors make a learner more likely to drop out?

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a rise in learners not attending school and who may permanently drop out. In November last year, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) revealed that around 200 000 learners did not return to school during a six-month period. Even before the pandemic, around 40% of learners who started school in […]

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  • Posted on 27 Jan 2022
  • LISTEN: Why are learners dropping out of school and how do we prevent this?

  • Merle Mansfield, Programme Director of the Zero Dropout Campaign, joins Smile FM to reflect on the 2021 Matric results. Mansfield congratulates those who managed to pass their matric exams and notes the incredibly difficult circumstances under which they did. However, she asks listeners to also be mindful of the many learners who did not make […]

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  • Posted on 27 Jan 2022
  • Matrics in 2021 buck school dropout trends

  • For the past six years, the progression of learners from Grade 1 to Grade 12 in South Africa’s public schools has followed a similar pattern: one of its key features is a drop off of roughly 30% in the number of learners enrolled between Grades 11 and 12.   The 2021 matric class – with more […]

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  • 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
  • Combating South Africa’s Alarming Dropout Rate

  • As the new year school year commences, many Grade 1 pupils will begin their schooling careers. However, a sizable portion of them may not complete matric. It is estimated that only 45% of learners who begin Grade 1, will write their matric exams in 12 years time. This is mainly attributed to the high dropout rate […]

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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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