UNICEF: COVID-19-induced school closings, hit 25 crores Indian children
According to the UNICEF report, the closing of around 1.5 million schools because of the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdowns in 2020 has affected 247 million kids who are registered in elementary and secondary schools in India. The report affirmed that online education is not a choice for all as only one in four kids has a way to digital tools and internet connectivity. Before the pandemic, only 24% of houses in India had internet connectivity and there is a huge rural, urban and gender divide. “In India, the closing of 1.5 million schools because of the pandemic and lockdowns in 2020 has hit 247 million kids registered in elementary and secondary schools. Also, there are above six million girls and boys who were previously out of school even earlier the COVID-19 crisis started,” stated a report from the UN agency. The report also declared that till date in the country, only eight States/UTs have reopened classes for grade 1 to class 12; 11 states have reopened classes for grade 6-12 and 15 states have only reopened classes for grades 9-12.