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The school closures over the last 18 months is one of the most visible consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We saw a landslide of votes, as 79% of participants supported the notion that the decrease in knowledge was a temporary setback. Due to unfamiliar learning environments and the lack of education children were exposed to during the pandemic (compared to other years), this constitutes ‘the largest disruption to education in history (United Nations 2020)’ (https://voxeu.org/article/collateral-damage-children-s-education-during-lockdown), with 95% of the world’s school population being affected.
A common response we received was that children are resilient and a bounce back is inevitable; the more parents and teachers can do to help bridge the gaps the better. If no action is taken, these gaps in their knowledge will become more significant and noticeable.
It is also worth considering the viewpoint of the 7% of voters that insisted that this setback was not temporary, and the 17% of participants that were unsure. These inconsistencies may not be due to the lack of educational exposure, but rather from other implications of the pandemic. Children’s parents may have faced job loss or illness for example, causing an onset of stress or anxiety. Factors such as these may be the cause of the setback, and therefore, may not be temporary or an easy fix.
The impact the pandemic has had on our school population is sobering. These topics need to be discussed in order to highlight the importance of meeting these needs and putting measures in place to compensate for the knowledge already lost.
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