Exodus of schoolkids carries on – research

FAILURES by the Eastern Cape Education Department are among the factors that have driven more than 50000 pupils out of the province in just six years, while fewer than half that number have moved in over the same period.

This is according to a survey by the SA Institute for Race Relations on social, economic and political aspects involving the movement of children between six and 18.

Researchers said that with 55963 pupils having left the Eastern Cape in those six years and only 24045 moving in, the province yielded a net emigration of 31918 pupils – the highest in the country.

The Eastern Cape and Limpopo are the hardest hit, having lost a combined total of more than 400000 pupils between 2000 and 2012. – Zandile Mbabela

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