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School dropouts on the rise

The SAIRR says school dropout rates have increased by 27 percent since 1995.

Pupils arrive at Sea Point High School on the first day of schooling in Cape town on 15 january 2014. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says school dropout rates have increased by 27 percent since 1995.

A study has found that more than 719,000 pupils were enrolled in grade 10 nine years ago, however, only 559,000 wrote matric in 1997.

In 2010, there were over one million grade 10 pupils, but 49 percent dropped out of school before matriculating.

The institute's Thuthukani Ndebele says socio-economic issues such as a lack of funds as well as work or family commitments were a big reason people dropped out of school.

He says sadly some people simply felt it was unnecessary to go to school.

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