WC school dropout rate on the rise
More than 10,000 Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners drop out of Western Cape schools every year.
CAPE TOWN - More than 10,000 Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners drop out of Western Cape schools every year.
The provincial Education Department confirmed this figure during a recent question and answer session in the Western Cape Legislature.
In 2010, more than 10,400 learners left school before completing either grade 10, 11 or 12.
This figure increased to more than 10,600 in 2011.
Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant said it must not be assumed that it is the end of the educational road for these youngsters.
"Some of them may be going back to where they came from, which could be anywhere in the country or Africa. Others might be going to FET or agricultural colleges."
Grant said the department has a plan aiming to reduce the high dropout rate.
At least 2,400 learners dropped out of high school in the first six months of 2012.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance earlier tabled its education policy.
The opposition party said a lot needs to be done to improve the quality of education in South Africa.