Pandemic in Colombian education

Are the country’s public middle schools prepared to implement virtual lessons if classes are suspended due to COVID-19?

 

More than half of the students of public schools in Colombia do not have a computer or Internet at home.

96% of the country’s municipalities could not implement virtual lessons in official schools, in response to the possible suspension of classes.

Some universities have already canceled events, trips and, in some cases, classes. Schools are still considering preventative closures, but how would they go about making up for missed classes? According to the AFP, at least 13 countries around the world have been forced to close all schools. There are also plans to work and study remotely from home.

 

In the case of Colombia, if the Coronavirus passes the containment phase, would schools be prepared to suspend classes and continue lessons from home? Do they have the infrastructure to do so virtually?

 

According to the Economics of Education Laboratory (LEE) of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, approximately 63% of high school students in public schools in Colombia do not have access to the Internet or a computer at home.

 

School days have already been disrupted by multiple strikes. Now, with the risk of Coronavirus, students’ performance would be more affected by the lack of continuity in their classes.

 

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