The Effect of Covid-19 on Sustainable Development Goal Four in South Africa
The study reviewed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Africa's ability to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4). The qualitative research approach is utilised. The study is based on secondary data using literature review. The study aims to find answers to the research question, such as: ‘what is the effect of COVID-19 on the education system in South Africa?’ Data analysis is done through conceptual analysis. The findings indicate various challenges that hamper the effective implementation of SDG 4 in South African context. Furthermore, recommendations are offered for improvement. The findings of the study explored that many students were mentally disturbed due to the trauma that affected them and the country. The state and the departments failed to decide on a strategy quickly enough to save lives and failed to maintain the syllabus of primary, secondary, and higher education. Due to the high death rate, schools and high education institutions closed, delaying the syllabus, resulting in poor performance and a high dropout rate that negatively impacted pass rates. Therefore, the study suggests that the SDG4 needs more budgets to meet incoming challenges and even future planning for any pestilence that might take place.
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