An Urgent Problem
The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the South African economy. The most economically vulnerable South African households will be the hardest hit by the shrinking economy. The unemployment rate is expected to surge and many will be left with no alternative, but to default on school fees payments – school dropout rates are likely to climb as a result. Interruptions in learning can have far-reaching effects for children – especially for the most economically vulnerable consumers – creating a gap in education that will be hard to fill in the future.