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All harm, no benefit: only result of school closures is 750,000 dropouts

Experts say Covid-19 had no impact, yet a year of learning has been lost and the dropout rate is at a 20-year high

Senior science reporter

Three quarters of a million children have dropped out of school in SA since the pandemic began in March last year.

Those who haven’t dropped out have lost a year of learning due to lost school days since then.

Yet schools being open, shut or on rotational timetables has made no impact on general Covid-19 infection rates and teacher deaths...

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