Education in crisis | COVID-19 fearmongering rife among WC pupils

Western Cape health authorities say fearmongering amongst pupils is leading to a low vaccination rate in young people at schools. eNCA's Ronald Masinda reports. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape health authorities say fearmongering amongst pupils is leading to a low vaccination rate in young people at schools.

MEC Debbie Schäfer says this panic is leading to a significant rise in school drop-out numbers during the pandemic. 

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Kulani Secondary School principal Bonakele Busika says none of the 80 matriculants at his school has registered for the vaccine.

In Mitchells Plain, only 14 of the more than 200 Grade 12s attending Beacon Hill High have done so.

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Schäfer said well over R400-million has been spent on PPE and many other essentials needed to combat COVID-19 across schools in the province.

She says any more delays caused by the pandemic could be detrimental to the future of pupils. 

* eNCA's Ronald Masinda reports.

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eNCA

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