Education gap between rich and poor stops closing and is likely to grow again | UK News

The attainment gap between poorer pupils and their more affluent counterparts could widen after it stopped closing for the first time in a decade, according to a new study.

The Education Policy Institute’s (EPI) findings have highlighted major issues within education for more vulnerable and deprived students.

The report is likely to cause alarm given the halt in progress occurred before the coronavirus pandemic had hit the education system.

Researchers found that disadvantaged pupils in England are 18.1 months of learning behind their peers by the time they finish their GCSE’s – the same gap as five years ago. It also found that the gap at primary school increased for the first time since 2007.

And for the most persistently disadvantaged students, the attainment gap had actually widened in every year but one since 2014.

The report concluded that the findings provide “concerning evidence that progress in narrowing educational inequalities

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NGOs provide help to children from poor families in online education

By Joymala Bagchi
New Delhi [India], September 12 (ANI): With education now being imparted mostly through digital means in view of COVID-19, it has been a challenge for people from weaker sections to get devices and internet connection for their children to continue their studies.
Though governments have made efforts to bridge the digital divide through semi-online classes and increased interaction of students with teachers over the phone, difficulties persist.
The non-government organizations have been rendering a helping hand by providing smartphones, computers, laptops to needy students and even arranging online classes.
Nivedita Dasgupta, Country Head, Miracle Foundation India, said a large section of people faces difficulties such as improper connectivity, lack of wi-fi facilities besides not having smartphones or laptops.
“Miracle Foundation India is striving to provide children with smartphones and tablets with pre-installed education applications,” Dasgupta told ANI.
The foundation has partnered with childcare institutions across the country

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Jobs App for Poor Indian Workers Gets $8 Million From Investors

(Bloomberg) — Apna, an app startup that aims to connect millions of bottom-of-the-pyramid workers to employers amid the devastation of India’s lockdown, has raised $8 million from a clutch of investors.



a group of people waiting at a train station: A passenger wearing a handkerchief to cover his mouth and nose, center, walks through a platform of a train station in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Authorities ordered all non-essential businesses in Mumbai and across the broader state to shut from midnight through the end of March to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.


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A passenger wearing a handkerchief to cover his mouth and nose, center, walks through a platform of a train station in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Authorities ordered all non-essential businesses in Mumbai and across the broader state to shut from midnight through the end of March to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The funding, from new investors Greenoaks Capital, Rocketship VC as well as existing backers Lightspeed India and Sequoia Capital, will help the app expand to more cities, the Indian firm said in a statement published Tuesday. It also wants to grow across verticals such as accounting, customer service and nursing. Currently, Apna is in five cities.

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Apna Jobs App For Poor Workers Used By Amazon, BigBasket Raises $8 Million from Greenoaks Capital, Rocketship VC

Apna, founded by Apple Inc. alumnus Nirmit Parikh, is a sort of LinkedIn for non-English-speaking.

Apna, an app startup that aims to connect millions of bottom-of-the-pyramid workers to employers amid the devastation of India’s lockdown, has raised $8 million from a clutch of investors. The funding, from new investors Greenoaks Capital, Rocketship VC as well as existing backers Lightspeed India and Sequoia Capital, will help the app expand to more cities, Apna said in a statement published on Tuesday. It also wants to grow across verticals such as accounting, customer service and nursing. Currently, Apna is in five cities.

The startup, founded by Apple Inc. alumnus Nirmit Parikh, is a sort of LinkedIn for non-English-speaking, poorer Indians. The app helps first-time internet users access job opportunities by entering their name, age, and skills to generate a virtual “business card” that’s shared with potential employers. Less than a year after its

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