More than 850 mln students worldwide not at school due to coronavirus: UNESCO

A Primary Girls School in Tubli village on outskirts of Bahraini capital Manama is seen closed on February 26, 2030. (AFP)

More than 850 million young people, or nearly half the world’s student population, are barred from their school and university grounds because of the coronavirus pandemic, UNESCO said Wednesday.

Calling it an “unprecedented challenge” for education, UNESCO said schools had been closed in 102 countries, with partial closures in 11 more – and there would be more closures.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 18 March 2020 KSA 15:06 - GMT 12:06