Post-Covid-19, the world will not be the same for a very long time. Life may be so different that there might not even be a post-Covid-19 world in the sense of ever returning to any form of normalcy. We should spend more time assessing exactly what effect this pandemic is going to have on the feasibility of achieving SDG 4. It is time that we moved past discussions about the logistics of school opening to the policies needed to address the pandemic’s long-term damage. At least four major implications for education come to mind.
First, achievements in virtually all sectors of development will be reversed and even lost. Maternal, child, and infant mortality; immunisation rates; food security; poverty; and school enrolment and completion rates will be affected. Parents may no longer be able to afford to educate their children, and child labour may increase. They may also decide to prolong home schooling in face of successive waves of Covid-19 or other pandemics, while students may decide themselves not to return to school after their extended break……………………..