Government ́s budget for education in 2021/22 was R387 billion, marginally up from R385 billion in 2020/21, and constituting 19% of the consolidated government expenditure of R2 trillion.
Schoolchildren lost more than 54% of learning time from the beginning of the Covid-19 prevention measures to the end of the first half of the 2021 academic year, and according to the Wave 5 National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) an estimated 750 000 children of schoolgoing age have dropped out of school since the onset of the pandemic (see case study).
Technology has the potential to transform the education sector, but low digital literacy and a lack of internet-enabled devices hamper online participation. The pandemic has underscored basic inequality in the education sector: while distance learning and virtual classrooms have become the norm for learners with PCs, tablets and smart phones, there is an opportunity cost for learners who are not digitally enabled. Read more...
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