Education Policy Outlook

Initial education policy responses to COVID-19: Country snapshots


On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. Education systems across the world have felt the force of the crisis as confinement measures triggered widespread closures, with some gradual reopening of education institutions.

In light of work of the Education Policy Outlook in 2020 in the context of the pandemic, these snapshots compile some analysis undertaken by the OECD Secretariat for some of its Education Policy Outlook country policy profiles published in 2020*, specifically about system readiness in the context of COVID-19. They offer an insight into immediate responses in some education systems to ensure continuity in education delivery during the initial stages of the pandemic.

The information presented in these snapshots is organised according to the Education Policy Outlook’s Framework for Responsiveness and Resilience in Education. This framework is currently under development, in consultation with over 40 participating education systems, with the aim of helping education systems rise to a new- but also a better- normal, with thriving societies. This framework is scheduled for finalisation in the third quarter of 2021.

Czech Republic




France (English)

France (French)







(*): With analytical and financial collaboration from the European Commission for some of them.


The OECD coronavirus (COVID-19) policy hub

The OECD is compiling data, analysis and recommendations on a range of topics to address the emerging health, economic and societal crisis, facilitate co-ordination, and contribute to the necessary global action when confronting this enormous collective challenge.

Read more on the OECD coronavirus policy hub.


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