EDUCATION

COVID-19 A Big Set Back To Learning Globally

The coronavirus pandemic has taken an enormous toll on the learning process among primary school-aged children.

According to World Bank reports, the forced school closures have resulted in over 72 million primary school-aged children, including those from the Caribbean, into learning poverty.

This new scenario means that children will not be able to read and understand an uncomplicated text by age 10.

The World Bank has stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the global learning crisis that already existed.

Moreover, the institution stated that the pandemic could increase the percentage of primary-school-age children in low- and middle-income countries, such as those in the Caribbean, living in learning poverty to 63 percent from 53 percent.

The bank said the plague puts this generation of students at risk of losing about US$10 trillion in future lifetime earnings.

That amounts to nearly 10 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

The World Bank reports outlined a new vision for learning and investments and policies.

This new outlook includes education technology that countries can implement to realize a new vision.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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