COVID-19 may make Education Outcomes worse: World Bank
| Education Jagat - 16 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened to make education outcomes worse and without aggressive policy, the virus outbreak across the globe will have immediate costs on both the learning and health of children and youth, according to the World Bank’s education team. Experts from the World Bank have pointed out that even before the pandemic, the world was facing a “learning crisis” and already off track to meet Sustainable Development Goal 4, which commits all nations to ensure that, among other ambitious targets, all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education. 
The World Bank has been working with different UN agencies in forming guidelines as well as policy suggestions for minimizing impact of the pandemic on the education sector. 
 “Before the pandemic, 258 million children and youth of primary- and secondary school age were out of school and low schooling quality meant many who were in school learned too little. Even worse, the crisis was not equally distributed. The most disadvantaged children and youth had the worst access to schooling, highest dropout rates, and the largest learning deficits,” the team has pointed out in a report titled “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Shocks to Education and Policy Responses”. 
 According to Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education at the World Bank, the pandemic now threatens to make education outcomes even worse. 
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