Almost 70 000 learners drop out of secondary schools in Gauteng

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education

According to the 2013/14 annual report of the Gauteng Department of Education, almost 70 000 learners’ left secondary schools in Gauteng.

This is more than 9 per cent of the 737 230 learners who enrolled in 2013. This number is too high.

At the same time, 2 per cent of 1,16 million learners enrolled in primary grades dropped out of school during the same period, similar to the previous year.

The department has offered no explanation as to what happens to learners after they drop out of school at such a young age. It only makes the assumption that they might have gone to other provinces.

These figures paint a very worrying picture of Gauteng’s education system, which clearly shows a single-minded drive to improve pass rates, but making very little or no effort to retain poorer performing learners and improving their chances of completing school.

The DA will request MEC Panyaza Lesufi to provide us with a complete breakdown of the drop-out rate per grade during the next portfolio committee meeting.

The department must focus on giving learners equal opportunities at obtaining a decent education.