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Challenging assumptions about dropout

Rahima Essop and Beth Vale

In the popular imagination, a pupil who drops out is thought of as lazy or irresponsible. Similarly, the experiences of boy, girl and non-binary pupils are often oversimplified or misunderstood, creating unhelpful stereotypes that can make their journeys through school more difficult.

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A general view of residents in Lavender Hill on January 22, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. Lavender Hill is part of the Cape Flats and is located 20 kilometres from Cape Town City Centre. (Photo: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach)

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