The risk of girls dropping out of school in large numbers is real. The time to act, plan and stop a predictable slide is now. In India, 320 million children have been affected by school closures caused by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Online classes do not factor in the country’s digital divide where 16% females have Internet access, compared to 36% males, according to the National Sample Survey 2017-18.

Publication: The Hindustan Times

Journalist: Namita Bhandare

Published Date: 13th June, 2020