‘Forty per cent of SA kids don’t reach Grade 12’: It’s time to raise the alarm on school dropout

With so much attention on annual matric pass rates, this major failure of our education system is often hidden. And although we may not recognise it, school dropout affects us all. The word “dropout” often calls up images of lazy, irresponsible teens, who aren’t in school because of their own poor choices. But this is often not the case. Despite what people might think, youth who drop out of school have often been very committed to their schooling but end up leaving the school system after years of struggle.

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