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Closure to cause significant school dropout, child marriage: study

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Health Desk- 04 May 2020: Amid closure of educational institutions due to the coronavirus pandemic, dropout rates will increase significantly at schools which will subsequently cause a rise in child marriage, early pregnancy and child labour, according to a study.

Education rights activists attending a webinar organised by Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) Wednesday demanded increased allocation for education sector in the upcoming budget as part of two/three-year-long Covid-19 response and recovery plan for the sector.

CAMPE shared a rapid survey with journalists from the webinar on impact of Covid-19 on education sector.

Of the respondents, 84 percent said dropouts will increase at schools, while 80 percent warned of increased absenteeism and irregular attendance in school.

Seventy-two percent said malnutrition will impact on learning ability, 71 percent said child labour will increase and 58 percent said early marriage will increase.

Thirty percent of them warned of increased early pregnancy, 88 percent believe that syllabus lessons may not be covered on time and 72 percent believe many teachers lack expertise to use ICT and not willing or able to teach online.

Of them, 70 percent said teachers may not receive salary on time, particularly the non-government teachers and same number of respondents were concerned that non-government teachers might lose their job.

Centre for Policy Dialogue Research Director Khondaker Golam Moazzem proposed that the government can cut down allocation from large project that will not complete by next year.

Lawmaker Aroma Datta and CAMPE deputy director KM Enamul Hoque also spoke at the webinar.