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Investing in after school programmes vital to save kids from Covid backlogs

Pandemic school closures have been disastrous for poorer children and the government needs to intervene, study finds

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Learning backlogs caused by school closures and reduced in-class time during Covid-19 lockdowns have worsened an already dire situation facing schools that cater for children from poverty-stricken communities.

This is according to The Learning Trust (TLT), an education-focused NGO that has funded and supported over 150 educational non-profits and schools in various provinces.

In its newly launched report, entitled “After School Programmes in SA: The Investment Case”, TLT says it is unlikely — with the current approach to education — that the Covid-induced backlog can be eliminated. ..

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