Long before Covid, SA’s well-funded education system was in trouble. The country famously spends more than most as a percentage of GDP (about 6%) on getting young people into class. But once there, pupils encounter a system that has long been shown to be ineffective by global standards.

Now, educationalists are warning that an already dire situation has worsened, and without radical intervention the damage wrought by a significant loss of teaching time will have disastrous long-term consequences — not only for pupils, but for the economy as a whole...

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