The pupils who aren’t going back to school

Children across much of Europe have been going back to school for the start of a new year, but in many other parts of the world, coronavirus restrictions have kept classrooms closed.

We’ve taken a look at the situation in India and its neighbours in South Asia where the United Nations estimates nearly 600 million children have been affected by lockdowns.



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Who’s not going back to the classroom?

When coronavirus restrictions were first imposed in March and April, it was at the start of the academic year in many South Asian countries.

School classrooms across the region were closed down, and these restrictions have largely remained in place.

Currently:

  • In India, classrooms are largely closed, with teaching being done remotely. However, the government says students from grade 9 to 12 can go into schools on a voluntary basis with their parents’ consent from 21 September if
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School funding plan ‘benefits wealthier pupils most’

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Better-off pupils in England will see larger school funding increases than poorer pupils under the government’s latest plan, a study suggests.

The government’s drive to “level up” funding will disproportionately benefit schools in better-off areas, argues the Education Policy Institute (EPI).

The schools’ budget will rise by £7.1bn by 2022-23 under government plans.

The government said schools with higher numbers of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds remained a priority.

School leaders in England have been complaining of a worsening budget squeeze.

The government has responded by announcing a National Funding Formula for schools, designed to ensure pupils with the same characteristics get the same level of funding, regardless of where in the country they go to school.

The Department for Education says the plan will give “every school more money for every child”.

  • Multi-billion pound cash boost for schools
  • School funding top priority for Williamson

But new

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