300 Million Students off School Over Covid-19

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The deadly virus Covid-19 is having impacts on educational activities across the world as now about 300 million students in thirteen countries have been out of schools due to the disease. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO made this information out in a statement March 5 calling the number ‘without precedent’.

According to the agency, the children impacted by the virus normally attend pre-primary to upper-secondary classes. Of the number, 290.5 million number only includes the countries where schools are shut nationally. Besides, there are further nine countries which have implemented localized school shutdowns.

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The school closures at such a scale could hurt educational right globally as UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, ‘while temporary school closures as a result of health and other crises are not new unfortunately, the global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled and, if prolonged, could threaten the right to education.’

According to the agency, school closures are problematic for the students’ learning achievement and also for parents struggling to balance work with childcare.

The latest countries or cities to have shut school activities are India’s capital New Delhi, School Districts of New York and Washington in the USA, London. Earlier, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and several cities in mainland China have suspended educational activities long or short term nationally or locally.

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