Sumary of Bangladesh Schools Reopen After 18-Month COVID Shutdown:
- “We are really excited to be back at school,” 15-year-old Muntasir Ahmed told AFP as he entered the campus.
- ” Only 41% of Bangladesh’s 169 million population have smartphones, according to the country’s telecom operators’ association, which means millions of children cannot access online classes.
- Even with smartphones, students in many of Bangladesh’s rural districts do not have the high-speed internet access usually required for e-learning.
- Among children aged between six and 13 years, 42% said they had no access to remote learning.
- “Their future is at stake,” Deepu Singh, a farmer in India’s Jharkhand state, said last week of his children ages 9 and 10. The pair have not been to school in a year and have no internet access at home, Singh told AFP, adding: “I do not know English.