According to local South African media reports on January 17, the coronavirus epidemic has caused the dropout rate in South Africa to soar, and many students may have difficulty returning to school.
In December 2020, about 15 percent of students dropped out of school, said the South African Ministry of Education Director-General, Matanzima Mweli, in December 2020.
Many students use various ways of working to support themselves and their families after dropping out of school.
Many education experts worry that these students may have difficulty returning to school.
But Mveli said it’s too early to say whether or not these students will officially drop out of school, as they may still return to school when classes resume in 2021.
Concerned about the spread of a second outbreak in South Africa, the South African Ministry of Education announced on January 15 that the government will continue to close all schools, and the South African Ministry of Education will meet in the next week to determine whether schools are ready to reopen.