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COVID-19 ‘widens inequality gap’ in education

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A study done by a team of researchers from The University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus shows that the coronavirus pandemic has “widened the inequality gap in education in the Caribbean”.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus Professor Clive Landis said this yesterday afternoon during the online launch of the Research Initiative for Supporting Education (RISE Caribbean).

“The research team, which includes Drs Grace Fayombo and Grace-Anne Jackman also of Cave Hill, has highlighted the fact that the pandemic has widened the inequality gap in education here in the Caribbean, as it has in other parts of the world, and exposed the urgent need to examine our models of education in the Caribbean to make them more equitable and resilient in times of crisis.

“Under the RISE Caribbean project, we are now able to use this information to contribute to, and inform, educational policy and planning in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean with evidence-based solutions”, he said. (GBM)

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