South African Schools Are A Year Behind - Unicef

Advertisement
 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the many disruptions it birthed, South African schools and it's learners are a year behind. The pandemic has also largely impacted the rate of dropouts in the country.


Advertisement
 

Learners in South African schools are a year behind due to the many changes brought about by the pandemic. Unicef has said that 40% of all learners across Southern and Eastern Africa are not in schools because of Covid-19.

Unicef's Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Lieke van de Wiel, said that it's a very concerning situation:

We're one year in and things are not moving forward, not looking upward when it comes to school openings so that means that a large group of kids, it's 40% overall, have not been in school continuously this last year.

She further said that there are many learners who have been out of school for hundreds of days in the space of a year. Putting a figure to it, van de Wiel says there are 69 million learners who are not at school.

32 million is directly Covid-related while the rest are not at school for reasons that existed before the pandemic and continue.

Even though schools have introduced online learning, it just isn't sustainable and a reality for a lot of learners in South Africa. 

"It doesn't sufficiently reach enough kids and even if you reach them, they don't do the learning that you normally have in school, social interaction with your peers and emotional learning, it's being lost."

That impact on the individual level is significant. The kids are less happy. They are not developing as they should.

Another aspect to consider is the relation of schools and incomes with van de Wiel explaining that every year of school, you have a 10% increase in what your future salary would be. Learners not being in school directly impacts their future earnings.

Children are also missing out on the building blocks which are made while being at school and these have now been lost.

Schools reopened for the third term on 26 July after the President announced an early start to the winter break. A week of learning was then lost and is likely to impact the sector along with learners.


Advertisement

 


Advertisement


Other Articles

Applications for 2023 are now open at the Academy of Digital Arts. Throughout the years, the Academy of Digital Arts has attracted staff and students from around the globe.

A certificate, diploma, or degree programme? Do you want to know which one will serve you better; which one will get you a better job, the much-desired promotion, and a better income?

Advertisement


Latest SASSA Articles

Some R350 grant beneficiaries might have had their application been rejected which lead them to appeal. It might occur that the appeal upholds the rejection status. Can something be done about this?

Many applicants of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant have had their applications rejected for various reasons, but the question is what will happen if they don't appeal this status? Here is what the Independent Appeals Tribunal said on the matter. 


Advertisement


Careers Advice

As students and their parents look ahead to 2023, it is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. Will you be able to study or work towards a qualification? What are the options? If you can, how much will it cost, and can you afford it? 

Learnerships are work-based learning programmes consisting of both theory and practical elements that give you an opportunity to gain work experience. If you are interested in joining in the police force, you might want to consider applying for the South African Police Services (SAPS) learnership programme.

Advertisement