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Education levels fell two years in Latin America during the pandemic

Niveles de educación cayeron dos años en Latinoamérica durante la pandemia

Education levels in Latin America have regressed two years during the pandemic as the average knowledge of students went from third to first year of secondary school, according to data released this Saturday.

With the resumption of face-to-face classes, the challenge is now focused on recovering the learning skills and knowledge of the students to avoid their frustration in studies and low preparation when they enter the labor market, said Daniela Rosales, manager of the teaching company Kumon Mexico.

Rosales recalled that according to World Bank estimates, the pandemic caused a lag in all Latin American countries equivalent to two and a half years of schooling.

The countries with the greatest delay in schooling are Panama with 4.7 years of schooling, Guatemala and Honduras with 4.8 years and Haiti with less than 5 years of schooling.

Rosales stressed that to reverse school delay, an educational response with extracurricular classes that strengthen learning skills is essential to give students the appropriate tools to improve their future at a professional level.

Kumon reopened its centers in Mexico and Central America for face-to-face classes after a year and a half of implementing a hybrid system due to the covid-19 pandemic.

During the pandemic, the Kumon after-school education centers maintain three types of modalities: face-to-face, distance classes and hybrid.

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