The Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic and Economic Distress on Education: A View from the Margins

This study indicates to three critical points – (1) the educational situation is different for children who are marginalised – they face a historical and infrastructural deprivation along with a social one,

(2) this influences both girls and boys, but girls bear a brunt only because they are girls – boys have the ‘option’ of juggling, but girls are given no choices, and

(3) this pandemic showcases what was already wrong with the system – and no amount of technological intervention can fix it. When the system is broken, it requires systemic changes, and not haphazard make-do one

This short report is based on surveys conducted by the Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS) in three phases during different stages of the pandemic, the first in April – May 2020, the second in July-August 2020 conducted on behalf of Champions For Girls’ Education on the impact of Covid-19 on the lives and education of children in India.

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