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1 in 3 Countries not taking Remedial Measures for School Closures – UN Report

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The report, “Survey on National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closures” states that, Schools were or are still closed in 1 in 3 countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic have not yet implemented remedial programmes to mitigate learning loss. At the same time, only 1/3rd of countries are taking steps to measure learning losses in primary and lower second levels, mostly among high-income countries .

i.The report was released jointly by 4 United Nations (UN) Organisations – UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Bank and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

ii.For the report, a total of 142 countries were surveyed between February to May 2021 among 4 schooling groups – pre-primary, primary, lower secondary and upper secondary.

Recommendations & Findings of the Report:

i.Schools should be opened at the earliest to ease-out psychological displeasure faced among young childrens and minimize dropouts.

ii.Countries should work on improving girls centric policies to ensure their safe return to school

iii.Low-income countries lag in implementing most basic sanitation measures, struggling to ensure children’s safe return to school.

iv.Remote Learning (Radio & TV broadcasts) became popular among low-income countries, which acts as a lifeline for many childrens among vulnerable groups

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