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Dept Of Basic Education Estimates Up To 700k Learners Dropped Out Due To COVID


According to the Basic Education Department, between 150,000 and 700,000 pupils have dropped out of school as a result of COVID-19 interruptions.

Despite the fact that it was an estimate, the department stated that it was troubling. It is unclear what time span and all of the criteria this encompassed.


At the same time, there is a 300,000 rise in new pupil enrolment for the 2022 academic year.


Meanwhile, Minister Angie Motshekga stated that the department was looking at ways to restore normalcy to education in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic.


On Tuesday, she presented a briefing on the preparation of government schools for the upcoming academic year.


Inland regions' schools resume on Wednesday, while the rest of the country's students return to school the following week.

"Schools will stay the same, particularly on the rotational timetable where it applies when schooling concludes in 2021." "The reality is that COVID-19 is still very much with us, and we must continue to battle it," Minister Motshekga stated.

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