This is how COVID-19 lockdowns affected India's schoolchildren

Students and their teacher wear protective face masks inside a classroom to stop the spread of covid-19

When the pandemic hit, India had about 265 million children enrolled in school. Image: REUTERS/David Talukdar

Manavi Kapur
Journalist, Quartz India
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Nearly 40% of students of students in underprivileged homes aren't studying. Image: Quartz
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97% of parents in rural areas want schools to reopen. Image: Quartz

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Underprivileged pupils are disadvantaged through limited technology access. Image: Quartz
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Few children have had any support. Image: Quartz

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School closures have brought down literacy rates in India. Image: Quartz
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Marginalised communities are the worst affected. Image: Quartz
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