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The state of education during the COVID pandemic

 

NEW: TECHNOLOGY AND EARLY EDUCATION

Cover of OECD report: Using Digital Technologies for Early Education during COVID-19

COVID accelerated our reliance on digital tools – tools that enabled young children to continue learning when early education centres and primary schools closed down.

The OECD has conducted a policy survey covering 34 jurisdictions investigating how digital technologies were used to provide distance education for young children in 2020, which challenges arose and what policy changes are in the pipeline for early education.

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EDUCATION 18 MONTHS INTO COVID

Cover of OECD report "The state of education 18 months into COVID"

This report is an update on the first report published in April 2021 (below) - this new publication provides an overview of educational responses from OECD member and partner countries 18 months into the COVID crisis.

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EDUCATION ONE YEAR INTO COVID

State of education one year into the COVID pandemic report cover

In 2020, 1.5 billion students in 188 countries/economies were locked out of their schools.

Students everywhere have been faced with schools that are open one day and closed the next, causing massive disruption to their learning.

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still raging, many education systems are still struggling, and the situation is constantly evolving.

The OECD – in collaboration with UNESCO, UNICEF and The World Bank – has been monitoring the situation across countries and collecting data on how each system is responding to the crisis, from school closures and remote learning, to teacher vaccination and gradual returns to in-class instruction.

This report presents the preliminary findings from this survey, providing a snapshot of the situation one year into the COVID crisis.

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IMPLICATIONS FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET)

Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Vocational Education and Training report cover

The vocational education and training (VET) sector has faced particular challenges during the crisis, most notably the fact that the digital learning environments that most education institutions had to rely on during closures don’t work as well for practice-oriented learning – a core component of VET instruction – as they do for academic learning.

This report looks at comparative statistics and policy information collected by the OECD across a number of education systems to track the impact of the pandemic on the VET sector.

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THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Cover of OECD report: The state of higher education one year in to the COVID-19 pandemic‌‌

The higher education experience was markedly different than usual for those enrolling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Higher education institutions of all kinds found their instructional methods profoundly disrupted by the closure of their physical campuses, and the crisis exposed the urgent need for policy makers and institutional leaders to adjust their established educational and policy models.

This report looks at comparative statistics the OECD has collected across a number of education systems to track developments in the higher education sector throughout the pandemic.

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DATA

Database - The state of education during the COVID pandemic (Excel, 3Mb, updated 16 September 2021)

Changes in database for Colombia (Excel, 28kb, updated 16 September 2021)

The data used to prepare these OECD publications on COVID are available above.
Our special thanks go to members of the OECD Indicators of Education Systems (INES) Working Party, who provided guidance on the design of the questions, co-ordinated the national responses to the survey, and provided guidance and comments throughout the process.
These data were updated on 16 September 2021.
Some of the data that were collected in the first COVID survey in February 2021 have since been modified by countries.
Although these changes are few, some results calculated from this database may differ slightly from the first publication on COVID "The State of Education: One Year into the Pandemic" released in April 2021.
This is the case for instance in Colombia (see above file with changes in the brochure “The State of Education: One Year into the Pandemic”). 

 

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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.

Pour en savoir plus sur les données et les recommandations de l'OCDE sur la réponse et la reprise du COVID, consultez notre plateforme dédiée.

 

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