UN data reveals ‘nearly insurmountable’ scale of lost schooling due to Covid

UN data reveals ‘nearly insurmountable’ scale of lost schooling due to Covid

1/25/2022 12:33:00 PM

UN data reveals ‘nearly insurmountable’ scale of lost schooling due to Covid

Up to 70% of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries lack basic reading skills, with learning losses seen from US to Ethiopia

Learning losses have been seen in the US, including in California, Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Maryland. In Texas, two-thirds of children in grade 3 (age eight to nine) tested below their grade level in maths in 2021, compared with half of children in 2019.

In Ethiopia, primary age children are estimated to have learned between 30-40% of the maths they would have in a normal school year.Robert Jenkins, Unicef’s head of education, said: “In March, we will mark two years of Covid-related disruptions to global education. Quite simply, we are looking at a nearly insurmountable scale of loss to children’s schooling. While the disruptions to learning must end, just reopening schools is not enough. Students need intensive support to recover lost education.

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Read more Learning losses have been seen in the US, including in California, Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Maryland. In Texas, two-thirds of children in grade 3 (age eight to nine) tested below their grade level in maths in 2021, compared with half of children in 2019. In Ethiopia, primary age children are estimated to have learned between 30-40% of the maths they would have in a normal school year. Robert Jenkins, Unicef’s head of education, said: “In March, we will mark two years of Covid-related disruptions to global education. Quite simply, we are looking at a nearly insurmountable scale of loss to children’s schooling. While the disruptions to learning must end, just reopening schools is not enough. Students need intensive support to recover lost education. “Schools must also go beyond places of learning to rebuild children’s mental and physical health, social development and nutrition.” Topics