Devastating details regarding some learners have been reported by Newzroom Afrika which . It is heartbreaking to note that there are 750 000 learners who dropped out of school , up from the 230 000 before the Covid-19 pandemic era .
Poverty is reported to have been identified as one of the factors which contributed to the huge drop out during the Covid-19 period .Professor Reza Daniels , who is the Principal Investigator at the University of Cape Town confirmed that the Covid-19 had a negative impact on the learning in South Africa.
Ways of reducing drop out out
Being out of school as a result of the Covid-19 has had a negative impact on the drop out of learners , especially in the primary scools . As a result of this , the decision that was made by the department of education to direct the full time return of the primary school learners was a good call.
Professor Reza highlighted that there was a high possibility of infections in high school learners aged between 15 and 19 years old than the primary school learners . As a result of this , there is great need for the learners in the primary school to all attend school at full capacity .
As for the high school learners , there is still need for the rotation of classes to reduce the possibility of spreading the Covid-19.It is however still complicated to actually know why there was a huge drop out as the reasons vary.Parents are alleged to be afraid to send their children to school .
The department of Basic Education has a role of conducting investigations on why the students had to drop out of schools . This can be carried out by the schools which have details on the learners who dropped out .
Getting that information and working on rectifying those problems will play an important role in reducing the drop out .
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