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The Cost of COVID-19 School Closures by Gender and Wealth

School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic led to losses equivalent to over half a year’s worth of learning. This forgone learning will hamper students’ ability to earn income in the future. Poor students and girls were hit harder. Inequality in learning and earning losses will grow unless investments are made to promote equality of access.