An investigation of factors associated with school dropout in three rural farm schools : a case study in Thornville, KwaZulu Natal.
According to the Education for All 2000 Assessment, in South Africa a significant proportion (i.e. 16 percent) of children 6-14 years of age are out-of-school though they should be attending in terms of the countries education acts and policies. The aim of this study was to investigate the factors that contributed to learners dropping out of three rural farm schools in Thornville, KwaZulu-Natal. The participants in this study were seven youth who dropped out of school, three parents of youth who dropped out of school, and two teachers who are teaching in Thornville farm school. The study took a form of a qualitative case study. The semi-structured interview was used as a tool of data collection. The findings show that there are a number of different factors that contribute to youth dropping out of school in the three rural farm schools. Factors such as low socioeconomic status, single parent household, mobility, low education attainment of parents and under resourced schools place learners at risk of dropping out of school. Poverty emerged as a major factor.