ODL learners are to known to be resilient, even if they are not always entirely aware of it! They juggle heavy work and
family responsibilities with their studies around the clock and for several years at a stretch before hopefully reaching the
finish line to graduate. At times, however, some of these learners would hit a rough patch along the way, disrupting their
studies. Without their tutors care and support, they might defer their studies for a semester or more, or eventually lose
interest in completing their studies. Or they might just drop out at the first sign of academic challenge, not realizing that
they are more capable and resilient than they think. Learner attrition ultimately disadvantages the learners themselves, who
won’t get to see their potential realised, as well as to the nation in terms of its loss of enhanced human capital. This issue of
TCX examines learner attrition and what tutors can do to care for learners and help them stay on the right track.