14-16 year olds learned very little in school during Corona: UNICEF

The UNICEF report said that during the Kovid epidemic, 80 percent of children in the age group of 14-18 years in India learned at a much lower level than physically learning in school. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report noted that frequent school closures have created alarming inequalities in learning opportunities for children in South Asia. 76 percent of parents of students aged 5-13 reported a decline in learning levels during distance learning.

UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia George Laria Adjei said that millions of children and their teachers had to close schools in South Asia in distance learning due to low connectivity and no device affordability. Even when a family has access to technology, children are not always able to use it. As a result the children have suffered a huge setback in their learning.

In India, 42 percent of children between the ages of 6-13 reported not using any form of distance learning during school closures. This means they have not used any of the following for distance learning since the school closed: textbooks, worksheets, phone or video calls, to access WhatsApp content or to connect with teachers, the report said. Learning programs on radio or TV, YouTube videos, video classes, learning applications, home visits and private tutoring by teachers, community learning at local locations, the use of other websites.

The research found that student-teacher engagement, when regular and reciprocated, is a strong predictor of children’s learning success, especially for younger students. However, the survey found that most students had little or no contact with their teachers after schools closed

The research found that student-teacher engagement is a strong pillar of children’s learning success, especially for younger students, when regularly and reciprocated. However, the survey found that most students had little or no contact with their teachers after schools closed. It said that at least 42 per cent of the students in the age group of 5-13 years and 29 per cent of the students in the age group of 14-18 years did not keep in touch with their teachers.

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