Social and Economic Impact of School Closure during the Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Quick Online Survey in the Gaza Strip
Afnan Radwan 1 2, Eqbal Radwan 3 4 *
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1 Faculty of Education, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza Strip, PALESTINE
2 Rafah Elementary E Boys School, South Rafah Educational Region, UNRWA, PALESTINE
3 Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Islamic University of Gaza, PALESTINE
4 Directorate of Education-East Gaza, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, PALESTINE
* Corresponding Author

Abstract

In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many countries had implemented school closures by March 6, 2020. This study aimed to evaluate the social and economic impact of school closure on the students’ families. Households were surveyed using an online questionnaire interview to obtain information on adherence to, socio-economic impact by and inconveniences of school closure. The current study showed that school closures have profound economic and social consequences in the Gaza Strip. Most of the interviewed households (88.1%) were supportive of the school closure, whereas only 11.9% did not support it. Despite the restriction on attending gatherings or visiting public places, 30.5% of the school student visited relatives, 8.5% went to public places, and 3.4% went to parents’ workplaces. Overall, 25.4% of the interviewed households reported workplace absenteeism, whereas the highest percentage (74.6%) were not absenteeism from their work. The economic harms of school closures are high, where 77.9% of households reported their wage loss during the closure. The daily wage lost per household ranged from 3 to 265 ILS.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.29333/pr/8254

PEDAGOGICAL RES, 2020 - Volume 5 Issue 4, Article No: em0068

Publication date: 11 May 2020

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