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The Cost of School Closure and Students’ Mental Breakdown

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Colossal psychological impact of abrupt school closure still remains the elephant in the room.  While educators are quick to adopt to e-learning, earlier in the month of April, research data published by JAMA Network on China’s Hubei province has raised concerns about primary school students descending down into depression owing to school shutdowns. More than 180 million Chinese students were shackled inside their homes. The report reads:

“Among 2330 students, 1784 participants (1012 boys [56.7%]; 1109 children [62.2%] residing in Huangshi) completed the survey, yielding a response rate of 76.6% (Table 1). Students had been restricted to home for a mean (SD) of 33.7 (2.1) days when they completed this survey. A total of 403 students (22.6%) and 337 students (18.9%) reported depressive and anxiety symptoms, respectively. Students in Wuhan had significantly higher CDI-S scores than those in Huangshi with a greater risk of depressive symptoms.”

An article by Guardian sheds light on the highs and lows of school closure as assessed by Lee Hudson, consultant paediatrician and chief of mental health, Great Ormond Street.

https://www.theguardian.com/global/commentisfree/2020/may/17/reopen-the-schools-or-a-generation-will-bear-the-mental-health-scars

 

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