COVID-19, Distance Learning and Educational Inequality in Rural Ethiopia
Degwale Gebeyehu Belay 1 *
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1 Department of Governance and Development Studies, Bahir Dar University, ETHIOPIA
* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, schools are closed in many countries of the world. China is the first to develop a distance learning program of ‘Schools Out, But Classes On’ not to disrupt learning. Ethiopia has closed schools on 16 March 2020 after it has confirmed the first coronavirus on 13 March 2020. To avoid the disruption of learning the Ethiopian Ministry of Education has tried to develop strategies to resume classes at home. Accordingly, radio and TV education programs are designed for primary education, TV program for secondary education, and online teaching for higher education. This article aimed at exploring the educational inequality of rural students of Ethiopia using situational analysis. The findings unveil the multiple inequalities of rural students that make them in a disadvantaged position compared to urban students. The available distance learning programs homogenises students which can create educational inequality.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.29333/pr/9133

PEDAGOGICAL RES, 2020 - Volume 5 Issue 4, Article No: em0082

Publication date: 04 Nov 2020

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