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The pro-education non-governmental organization, Educa estimates that school desertion could have increased from 13 to 18% now that most public schools have been closed for in-person learning since March 2020. Educa says before the pandemic, school desertion was already high at around 9%.

Public schools only began to open for in-person learning in April 2021 to close again in May due to the new spike in Covid-19 cases. As of May, private schools have been allowed to decide whether or not they hold in-person learning classes.

But, as Educa had alerted months ago, the shutdown of public schools has had a dramatic impact on the poor. Children in low-income families have had little access to distance learning programs because of a lack of devices or the Internet and a stay-at home tutor.

In a report in Diario Libre, Educa estimated more than 200,000 children have not...

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