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Covid catastrophe: no-fee school pupils learnt up to 75% less in 2020

Study also finds that teachers are at no higher risk from the virus than the general population

Prega Govender and Kgaugelo Masweneng

The basic education department has agreed with a study’s findings that SA’s primary schoolchildren who attended no-fee schools last year learned 50-75% less than what they normally do.

The National Income Dynamics Study-Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (Nids-Cram), released on Wednesday, is run by researchers from the universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and the Witwatersrand.

The finding of the latest report was based on the results of two independent studies — the Early Grade Reading Study (EGRS) II in Mpumalanga and Funda Wande Evaluation in Eastern Cape...

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