Schools Shutdown ‘Catastrophic Disruption’


In the GRID News Global editor Nikhil Kumar writes that the Covid-19 shutdown many classrooms around the world for more than 1.6 billion kids with a significant consequences beyond just lost learning.

It appears that this problem is face by both the both the developed and under developed countries. A school teacher from most impoverish part of the New Delhi, India told the Grid:

It has transformed a lot for children and for us as well. A generation of schoolchildren have been affected. Sometimes it is almost hard to believe. But that is what has happened.

-Seema Devi, a primary teacher at a school for underprivileged children in Delhi (source: Grid)

Likewise, data from the developed countries like Belgium, Italy and other European countries tells the same broad story, writes the Grid. “Children have fallen behind — and in many cases faced additional challenges such as higher levels of stress and anxiety. Even limited closures have had a far-reaching impact: In the Netherlands, an eight-week school shutdown resulted in learning losses equivalent to 20 percent of an entire school year.”

The pandemic has caused the most catastrophic disruption to education in history.

– Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s Europe director (source: UN News)

In the US school opening has been a partisan issue throughout the pandemic.

According to a recent poll from Few Research Center for many parents “Academic, emotional concerns outweigh COVID-19 risks in parents’ views about keeping schools open”.

“Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, a narrow majority of parents of K-12 students (53%) say schools in the United States should be providing a mix of in-person and online instruction this winter. Some 37% say K-12 schools should be providing in-person instruction only, while just 9% say schools should be fully online.”

“Upper-income parents are the most likely to say their children are getting in-person instruction only: 84% say this in the new survey, compared with 77% of those with middle incomes and an even smaller share of those with lower incomes (58%). About one-in-ten lower-income parents (9%) say their children are getting online instruction only, while 23% say their children are getting a mix of in-person and online instruction. Just 3% of K-12 parents with middle incomes and 2% of those with upper incomes say their children are getting only online instruction, while about one-in-ten in each group say they are getting a mix.

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