It is estimated that nearly 300,000 pupils may have dropped out of primary schools across SA over a six-month period during the lockdown. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga confirmed this in response to questions in the National Assembly by DA MP Nomsa Tarabella-Marchesi.
KwaZulu-Natal had the highest number of dropouts at 126,553, followed by the Western Cape with 114,588, Gauteng with 55,571, the Northern Cape with 10,290 and Eastern Cape with 8,153. It’s believed that 5,482 pupils may have dropped out in the Free State and 4,390 in Mpumalanga. The least affected provinces were Limpopo with 800 and North West with only 370.