53 percent of countries are making it a priority to vaccinate teachers
Only half of the schools across the globe have resumed classroom teaching and learning, 19 months after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the schools to shut down world wide. Thirty-four percent of schools are relying on mixed or hybrid instruction mode, according to the COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker.
The tracker has been created by Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank and UNICEF to help countries in decision making by teaching reopening and Covid 19 recovery, planning efforts in more than 200 countries.
According to the tracked data, 80% of schools worldwide are in regular sessions. Out of those, 54% are back to in-person instruction, 34% are relying on mixed or hybrid instruction while 10 per cent continue remote instruction and 2% offer no instruction at all.
The tracker noted that only 53% of countries are making it a priority to vaccinate teachers. Countries are no longer waiting to wait in getting the population or schools staff vaccinated before on.
kh population per week before reopening, school reopenings did not increase COVID-19 hospitalisations, even up to six weeks afterwards.
In the year 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic led to a global shutdown of schools in more than 188 countries, leaving 1.6 billion children, that is 75 percent of students out of school. To protect children and slow disease transmission, most governments reacted by closing schools.
According to the World Bank Education Team, in order to promote education recovery, teachers should be prioritised for vaccination where possible, while recognising that there are ways to reopen safely without vaccination through adequate safety measures. Schools that have reopened around the world have been able to effectively curtail transmission within schools with simple and relatively cheap infection control strategies like masking, ventilation, and physical distancing.
Considering that widespread vaccination coverage in most countries is not expected for many months, keeping schools closed until all staff can be vaccinated results in very little benefit in terms of reduced risk of transmission but potentially generates substantial costs for children.
The World Bank has been advocating the reopening of schools and evaluating the risks associated with further prolonged closures of schools across the globe. According to them, In countries where there were fewer than 36 to 44 new COVID-19 hospitalisations per one lakh.