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The Department of Basic Education is concerned over the 750 000 learners who have dropped out of schools across the country over the span on the past year during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The deputy President of South Africa, David Mabuza, has shared his concerns about the recurring high rate of school dropouts. Read further for more. 

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.

This pandemic has resulted in many losses, one of them being class and valuable teaching time. For over a year now, schools have not seen normalcy with online classes and rotational timetables being the centre of schools. The dropout rate has also worsened.

We have officially reached the 26th of July which means that learners in South Africa return to schools today. Over the past weekend, the Basic Education Minister gave details on how this return to school will go along with the department's plans.

The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which acts as a promoter and defender of children’s rights, has come out and said enough is enough. The activist organisation shares concerns as governments close schools to prevent the Spread of Covid-19 so read further for more details.

Education Activists organisations have taken the Department of Basic Education to court over what they call the "Breach of Court Order." It is not the first time that the organisations have taken the Department to court, read further for more details.

The Educators Union of South Africa is calling for teachers to protest for schools to be temporarily closed for the third wave. The department has insisted that schools will stay open, which some are not happy with.

With cases growing by over 10 000  every day and with Gauteng already exhausted by the third wave, will schools be closing again? The Congress of South African Students and other stakeholders have called for this to take place with other organisations, such as Equal Education, taking the opposite view.

Following the tragic death of Eastern Cape pupil Avethandwa Nokhangela, Equal Education implemented a fact-finding process which was managed by the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) which was set to conclude on Friday 28 May.

Equal Education has stated their concern about the 1.5 million learners who are not being fed by the government’s School Nutrition Programme. Despite receiving a court order, the programme has not lived up to its responsibility of feeding these children. 

When the 2021 budget was released by Tito Mboweni, Equal Education released a statement reacting to the news for education.

Equal Education is calling on Government to use money allocated to schools properly. This comes after the Finance Minister announced the budget for the next three years.

Now that schools are reopening there have been calls for the Department of Basic Education to address the inequalities in education as they have especially been brought to light due to the effects of Covid-19. 


Equal Education wants the Department of Basic Education to step up and fix and fund public schools. They believe there is inequality when you compare  public schools to private schools and that government is not doing all they can.

Now that the country is seeing high increases in cases as we tackle the second Covid wave, parents have started asking questions when it comes to their childrens' schooling. Will the rotational timetable for school attendance remain in place?

Education activist group Equal Education are pleased that the performance contract of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has been made public as they say that the performance agreements will hold Motshekga to account. 

Equal Education is said to not be convinced that the rewriting of the leaked Matric papers are justified and that Umalusi along with the Department of Basic Education have not given enough reason for this rewrite to be appropriate.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) released a draft guideline on gender identity and sexual orientation within public schools. However, Equal Education and the Equal Education Law Centre do not agree with this guideline as it deeply flawed.

The Department of Basic Education has shown concern about the effects the pandemic has had on the teaching and learning taking place. Learners have not been reading as much as they need to and now, the Department is set to have plans in place to aid this.