New OECD study highlights the impact of COVID-19 on education

Data collected from 32 countries showed that there was significant innovation and new approaches to learning but argues that more must be done now to capitalise on what has happened – just one of the interesting headline findings in the latest survey conducted by OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank. Published on 1 July, this report tracks the sometimes devasting impact that the pandemic has had on school populations and shows that there was no relationship between the extent of school closures and COVID-19 infection rates across countries meaning that “school closures were not inevitable but, rather, a policy choice, often framed by a lack of institutional capacity to reconcile educational provision with health and safety.”