Schoolchildren and other pedestrians walk on a pavement in Hong Kong in July last year. Hong Kong schools have been closed on and off for a full year now. Photo: Bloomberg Schoolchildren and other pedestrians walk on a pavement in Hong Kong in July last year. Hong Kong schools have been closed on and off for a full year now. Photo: Bloomberg
Schoolchildren and other pedestrians walk on a pavement in Hong Kong in July last year. Hong Kong schools have been closed on and off for a full year now. Photo: Bloomberg
Emily Matchar
Opinion

Opinion

Emily Matchar

Hong Kong needs to reopen schools and save children from the ‘Covid slide’ in education

  • While closing schools early on in the pandemic was the right call, evidence now shows schools rarely drive outbreaks and suggest they can be safely opened
  • Children, particularly the very young and those from less well-off families, need in-person classes to learn well, and virtual learning is a poor substitute

Schoolchildren and other pedestrians walk on a pavement in Hong Kong in July last year. Hong Kong schools have been closed on and off for a full year now. Photo: Bloomberg Schoolchildren and other pedestrians walk on a pavement in Hong Kong in July last year. Hong Kong schools have been closed on and off for a full year now. Photo: Bloomberg
Schoolchildren and other pedestrians walk on a pavement in Hong Kong in July last year. Hong Kong schools have been closed on and off for a full year now. Photo: Bloomberg
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Emily Matchar

Emily Matchar

Emily Matchar is a writer and educator based in Hong Kong and Pittsboro, North Carolina. She is the author of Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity.