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Reopening schools under Covid-19

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By: Humera Malik

COVID-19 pandemic has caused abrupt and enormous changes to the education sector around the world. It affected more than 1.5 billion students ranging from the level of kindergarten to higher education. This is the first time that educational institutions closed their doors and left students without access to formal learning. Where many other institutions have been adversely affected, existing circumstances are the real test for the education sector too. Actually, the pandemic surge not only challenges the readiness and capacity of institutions to engage students for learning but also sheds light on inequalities that exist across the globe. This socio-academic imbalance creates barriers to quality education, especially for the marginalized sections.

According to Brookings experts, the impact of school closure on student learning throughout the world varies by socioeconomic status and also by the extent to which schools and the education system have the capacity to provide quality online education. This situation means that the learning gap between rich and poor will probably continue to grow under covid-19. This gap prevails not only between high and low income countries, but also between high and low income regions and sections within countries.

Now the world has entered a new phase of dealing with such issues. Various countries are planning to reopen schools and many others had already begun their academic sessions whereas several states have cancelled the rest of their academic year, inspiring students to resume from the same grade next year. Around the globe, countries are confronting the first wave and........

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