Local July 28, 2023 | 8:16 am

The Dominican Republic is among those with the highest school dropout rates after the pandemic

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Santo Domingo.- The intentional delay of the return to the classroom during the pandemic is seen as an unwise and catastrophic measure, according to a report by UNESCO on “Technology in Education” for the year 2023. The report highlights a relationship between prolonged school closures and increased rates of non-enrollment. In the Dominican Republic, early childhood schooling decreased by around 25% in 2022 compared to 2020.

The country began a gradual return to public classrooms on April 6, 2021, after over a year of confinement, and only two and a half months from the end of the school year. This gradual return initially included 2,000 centers in 38 municipalities with the lowest COVID-19 incidence.

A survey in February 2021 showed that 51.04% of parents believed their children learned less with distance classes during the pandemic, and 4.66% thought they did not learn anything.

The Dominican Republic postponed the return to school for more than 30 weeks, while some countries, like the Philippines, postponed it for up to 70 weeks, but with less impact on school dropout. The Dominican Republic had one of the highest percentages of school dropouts at both primary and secondary levels.

The country, along with Nepal, the Philippines, Albania, Oman, and Uruguay, experienced a twenty percent overall decrease in participation rates, showing that school dropout was not necessarily linked to income levels.

UNESCO also advised governments to reassess the presence of digital technologies in classrooms, such as mobile phones and tablets, as they can potentially hinder the educational process by causing distractions and negatively affecting learning outcomes. Studies suggest a negative relationship between the use of digital technologies and educational outcomes, especially at the university level.

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Mr. Sensible
July 28, 2023 8:22 am

Newsflash…it was the same prior to Covid!!!

Ramon Garcia
July 29, 2023 9:09 pm
Reply to  Mr. Sensible

It looks like you’re a dropped out too. In the Dominican Republic, early childhood schooling decreased by around 25% in 2022 compared to 2020.

Paul Tierney
July 28, 2023 9:13 am

There is nothing stimulating in the classrooms to keep students interested in learning. They are bored. Students do not learn how to think. They learn to repeat mantras like robots. It is no wonder why they quit the schools. There is a need for better quality teachers to excite the students to stay and learn. There are good exceptions. There are good teachers, but it takes a bit of time looking for them.

Ramon Garcia
July 29, 2023 9:10 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Shouldn’t you be concerned about your own country situation? Go check out Le Nouvelliste or somethin.

Ramon Garcia
July 29, 2023 9:06 pm

The UN, WHO and Bill Gates are happy with this outcome.