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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.


Government, unions and the public are shifting their focus to teachers being vaccinated with more vaccination sites opening soon for teachers. Government is said to have secured thousands of vaccine doses for teachers.


The Department of Basic Education is now calling for teachers over 60 to go and register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The country is currently in Phase 2 of it's vaccine rollout to protect against Covid-19.

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