Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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6 Mar 2020
6:10 am

GBV, sex and poverty force girls out of primary school, data shows

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Violence such as femicide, human trafficking and rape were daily risks that cut off the school careers of girls, the Commission for Gender Equality explains.

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Gender-based and sexual violence is holding girls back from completing their education, the latest data shows. According to Tamara Mathebula, chair of the Commission for Gender Equality, their statistics shows a spike in the dropout rate of girls at primary school, with 400,000 out of the school system as of October 2018. This pattern was also seen at tertiary education level, where women were more likely to drop out before graduating than young men. Violence, early exposure to sexual activity and poverty are holding back young girls from becoming educated and employed. “We are also seeing that girls usually make...