Dropout rate and unemployment are inextricably linked, say education organisations

On Wednesday, the Zero Dropout Campaign hosted a Twitter Space discussion on school dropout prevention with five other organisations. The discussion aimed to find possible solutions to prevent dropout.

According to the organisations, to deal with joblessness, we also need to plug gaps in our education system so that more pupils complete school.

Head of Communications and Advocacy at Zero Dropout Campaign Rahima Essop says there is no one who wakes up in the morning and decides to leave school. “There is a period or a process of disengagement that happens before the learner eventually decides to drop out of school. There are push and pull factors from either school, home or the society that contribute to a learner dropping out of school,” says Essop.

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