Most of us have been living with closed schools and some version of lockdown for four months now. For all the reimagining of education in the 21st century, nobody predicted that the greatest disruption of all would come from a virus. As education policymakers all over the world grapple with distance learning provision and safe school reopening, they will no doubt also be thinking about what the pandemic means for education in the longer term. We examine six ways COVID-19 is likely to shape the future of education.
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In an earlier blog post, we proposed a few lessons from the experience of some members of our team with piloting phone-based assessments in Botswana and from other members with oral assessments from before the pandemic. Now, with more piloting experience and data, we update those lessons.
As schools and nurseries start to open, the education sector is taking stock of the likely short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. And they’re going to be big. In this blog post, we take a look at what the consequences might be for the early childhood sector.
Last month we published a blog post tracking new COVID-19 cases in countries where schools had recently reopened or were about to reopen. Two weeks on, we’ve updated the data. In the countries where the epidemic was sizable and where schools have been open for a few weeks, the trend remains more or less the same.
We’ll have to wait and see, but countries that have already reopened schools don’t show a huge trend break in new cases—though we note that those countries may have been better prepared than some which are about to reopen now, such as South Africa.
Using lessons from early movers in Botswana, together with the extensive literature on face-to-face oral assessments, we’re concluding, “yes,” we think it is possible to measure learning by phone. We’ve published some preliminary principles and discussion in a new working paper. Below is a quick summary—five tips which we hope are helpful for those embarking on their own efforts.
One month ago, we launched a survey asking education service providers about their biggest concerns and challenges in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to their responses, we now have a better understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting education service operations—and what providers are doing in response.
School closures, learning loss, and drop-outs will not be the only effects of COVID-19. School systems run on money. It’s impossible to provide access to schooling without financial resources, and despite occasional claims to the contrary, the best evidence suggests that the quality of education is also responsive to financial resources.
On what basis have some European policymakers decided that it’s wise to reopen schools? And how will those calculations differ in low- and middle-income countries?
Alongside our tracker of education policy responses by national governments, we’ve started to track what international development partners are doing in education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools may be closed, but the costs of running education systems continue and may even increase