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Kenya’s Unusual Solution to the School Problem: Cancel the Year and Start Over (New York Times)

August 5, 2020

From the article:

"Susannah Hares, co-director of the global education program at the Center for Global Development, a research group, said the decision to keep schools closed until January was 'understandable,' because public school classrooms are crowded, and many lack facilities for hand-washing.

But the move, she said, is 'likely to be devastating for children' because the poor will be at a disadvantage and some will not come back when schools reopen. In addition, she predicted there would be more teenage pregnancies and, without school food programs, more hunger.

Kenya’s government acknowledged the challenges inherent in closing schools, including unequal access to learning platforms, a possible increase in domestic violence against children and the likelihood that dropout rates will rise."

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Susannah Hares
Co-Director of Education Policy and Senior Policy Fellow