Grade 10 is where kids sink or swim, schools’ data reveals

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Grade 10 is where kids sink or swim, schools’ data reveals

If pupils repeat Grade 10 they are much more likely to drop out before matric, researchers find

Cape Town bureau chief

Pupils write matric in Grade 12, but Grade 10 is what makes or breaks them.

If they do well in maths, English first additional language and life orientation, and minimise absenteeism, Grade 10 pupils have a much higher chance of writing matric.

But if they end up repeating Grade 10 – as tens of thousands of teenagers do – they are much more likely to drop out before matric...

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