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Covid disruptions leave a mark as grade 8s battle to adjust to ...


Covid disruptions leave a mark as grade 8s battle to adjust to high school

No-fee and former Model C schools agree that gaps in attendance had a negative impact on first-term results


A shocking 435 of the 509 pupils in Grade 8 at Masana Secondary School in Mpumalanga and 300 of the 418 learners at Pakamani Senior Secondary School in Eastern Cape failed the first quarterly tests.

And at another no-fee paying school, Magigwana Secondary in Thulamahashe, Mpumalanga, 39 of the 69 pupils flunked these assessments.

In contrast, with the exception of Pretoria Central High, where 141 of the 251 grade 8s failed, nine other former Model C schools surveyed randomly by Sunday Times Daily said they did not register a high failure rate in this grade...

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