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Developing Country Schools Need to Reopen with Different Teaching

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posted on 2023-11-15, 11:51 authored by RISE AdminRISE Admin, Lant Pritchett

This text discusses the need for developing country schools to reopen with different teaching strategies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The author highlights the risk of long-term learning losses if schools return to a "business as usual" approach. Drawing on research, the text emphasizes the mismatch between the curriculum and students' actual learning levels in many developing countries, resulting in significant learning gaps. The article presents a simulation illustrating how even short interruptions in schooling can lead to flattened learning curves and long-term losses. To mitigate this, the author suggests adjusting the curriculum to meet students' current learning levels when schools reopen. The text emphasizes the importance of addressing this issue promptly and making it a priority for governments.


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