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The learner dropout rate in South African public schools led to the Basic Education Minister declaring it as a crisis. The Zero Dropout Campaign has been advocating for strategies to keep learners at school, as President Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged in the National Teachers Award Ceremony last week.  


The education sector crisis in South Africa continues to worsen as more numbers of learners dropping out of school grow. The Covid-19 pandemic is reported to be the main cause of the overwhelming majority of learners dropping-out of schools. 


The Covid-19 Pandemic has resulted in an increased school dropout rate which is much higher than initially expected. The Zero Dropout Campaign discusses some necessary preventative measures to mitigate the situation from worsening.


More younger children have been reported to be dropping out of schools often as the Covid-19 pandemic becomes the emphasized cause by the Department of Education. 


The school dropout rate has been increasing as Covid-19 continues to plague over South Africa. Member of Zero Dropout says that hunger is also one of the main causes of learners dropping out. More discussions on how school should be open full-time are taking place.


Covid-19 and the resulting National Lockdown has put an even brighter spotlight on school dropouts as the dropout rate in the country only gets worse. This comes at a time where learners returning to class full-time is being considered.

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