[LISTEN] How the education budget could be spent to reduce school dropout

Since Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Budget Speech in February this year, there have been numerous reports released with worrying insights to the state of our education system, particularly the levels of literacy in South Africa.

Colin Wardle, Head of Communications at the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to the Voice of The Cape about this, highlighting that dropout prevention is crucial.

Wardle highlights that according to Census 2022 data, only six out of ten children in South Africa were still enrolled in an education institution by the age of 18. According to research, dropout peaks between Grades 10 and 12, which is why interventions aimed at supporting at- risk learners must start early in their school life.

Wardle discusses how the education budget could be used to achieve this. Listen to the full interview to find out more.