Education Systems' Response to COVID-19 - Brief September 10th, 2021

The COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker, sourced by teams across the World Bank, Johns Hopkins, and UNICEF, monitors recovery planning efforts in more than 200 countries and territories. The latest data shows that most countries have already opened schools partially (rural areas or parts of the country) and mostly with hybrid (combining remote and in-person) or mixed approaches.

School Opening Status

Latest data from the COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker 1 shows that most countries have already opened schools partially (rural areas or parts of the country) and mostly with hybrid (combining remote and in-person) or mixed approaches. In many countries, the return is slow in the midst of debates about costs and benefits of returning to presential education. However, as of late August, very few countries depend solely on remote education. On the other hand, in Africa, a majority of countries have returned to in- person classes. In the northern hemisphere, the 2021-22 school year has begun or is about to begin, but it takes on the shape of a “new normal” as most are expected to return to in-person with additional sanitary protocols and adjusted schedules.

Figure 1: School Status / Education Modality Across Regions.
Source: World Bank, Johns Hopkins University & UNICEF (2021). COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker Last updated as of 31 August 2021. Baltimore, Washington DC, New York: JHU, World Bank, UNICEF.

Teachers vaccination

While high-income countries are prioritizing or have prioritized teacher vaccination campaigns (with some moving towards universal access), the context varies more among low- and middle-income countries as many factors, such as vaccine scarcity and other populations being prioritized, reduce access to COVID-19 immunizations for teachers. As of September 1st, only 53% of countries had prioritized teachers’ vaccination.

Figure 2: Vaccine prioritization for teachers across regions.
Source: World Bank, Johns Hopkins University & UNICEF (2021). COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker Last updated as of 31 August 2021. Baltimore, Washington DC, New York: JHU, World Bank, UNICEF.

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  1. This is a joint effort of World Bank, UNICEF, and Johns Hopkins University E-School Initiative. Because of the need to validate information collected, updates may take up to two weeks to display.
  2. The three trimesters are a means to enable the development of curricula, high school tracks, and educational plans in response to development requirements and Vision 2030 – with an increase in the actual school days, and the number of study hours for primary and intermediate stages.