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Covid leaves pupils far behind in maths, language


Covid leaves pupils far behind in maths, language

Comparing 2019 results with those of 2021 shows pupils are up to 70% of a year behind in language and 106% in maths

URSULA HOADLEY and Jaamia Galant

Learning to read, write, count and calculate forms the basis for all other learning at school and beyond. Pupils start to learn these basic skills in the first three years, continuing to do so throughout school as content becomes more complex.

In 2020 and 2021 pupils across SA missed at least a quarter of a school year due to Covid-19-related lockdowns and rotational timetabling. Many lost much more time (https://resep.sun.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/RESEP-WCED-Systemic-Tests-%E2%80%93-Report_WEB.pdf#page=4).

Given these disruptions, how much learning was lost across the schooling system? Systemic tests by the Western Cape provided an ideal opportunity to find out. Each year the province’s education department tests pupils in mathematics and language at grade 3, 6 and 9 levels...

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