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After Uganda, India saw longest Covid-induced school closures: Govt cites Unesco

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A UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) report stated that India saw the longest Covid-19 induced school closures after Uganda.”As per the UNESCO report, India is the second country after Uganda where offline schools were shut for the longest period of time. However, the report does not mention the methodology used in the study and the source of this data is stated to be a study by a non-governmental organisation,” Union Minister of State for Education Annpurna Devi said in Lok Sabha citing a UNESCO report.

Schools were closed across the world as a precautionary measure to protect students from Covid-19. “Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in September 2020 had stated that states and UT governments may take a decision in respect of re-opening of schools in a graded manner and the decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school or institution management based on their assessment of the situation.”

“The Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the education system not only in India but also in countries across the world due to closure of schools. This also led to a situation where the Centre, States and educational institutions had to adopt online technologies and a blended mode of education at a very rapid pace to ensure continued education of the students,” the minister said.

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