We need a coordinated and sustained national dropout prevention plan

About 10 000 learners of compulsory school age have not returned to the classroom. Rahima Essop, Head of Communications and Advocacy at The Zero Dropout Campaign, says that by tracking learner absenteeism, academic performance and behaviour, educators can better understand their struggles and pathways through school. She says this will help schools identify learners at risk of dropout so they can create support programmes.

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