South Korean schools opened for the new school year on Tuesday amid a mix of anxiety and hopes, as the country is still fighting against the third wave of the pandemic, but much-anticipated vaccinations have finally begun.
The school leaders’ union has dismissed plans to lengthen the school day to help children catch up after the unprecedented disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic as “superficially attractive” but unhelpful.
The number of schoolchildren affected by COVID-19-related school closures soared by 38 percent in November, placing significant strain on the learning progress and well-being of an additional 90 million students globally.
The chief medical officers of the United Kingdom said children should return to school after the summer holidays, warning that missing out on their education posed much bigger risks to them than catching COVID-19.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused an "unprecedented education emergency" with up to 9.7 million children affected by school closures at risk of never going back to class, Save the Children warned on Monday.