If resource allocation decisions were based on evidence rather than internal and external policies, the education sector would get a large share of the resources, given its potential to positively impact health, well-being -being and the economy, today and in the future. Researchers writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine say that an evidence-based approach would likely lead to disinvestment from the health sector, especially from low-value and wasteful health activities related to over-prescribing and over-diagnosis. Resources would then be reallocated to education, given the large burden of disease that could be avoided with better education systems.
The authors write that school disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will have significant negative effects on health, adding that allocating more resources, financial and human, to support education systems is essential to health, development and education. long-term well-being and resilience of individuals and society. more generally. A recent analysis by the UK’s National Audit Office found that the UK education sector receives around 1% of COVID support funding.
One of the authors, Dr Anant Jani, from the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the greatest disruption to education systems anywhere in the world. The simulations suggest that around 0.6 years of schooling will be lost globally due to school closures, with higher levels for children from lower socio-economic groups, who have been historically disadvantaged due to reduced access to high quality education.
The authors’ suggestions for how the damage caused by COVID-19 can be minimized include identifying and working with the most vulnerable groups, strengthening school infrastructure, investing in teacher training, and resolving existing gaps in the programs. They say education must also expand to include broader social and emotional health programs so children know better how to stay healthy.
Dr Jani said: “These approaches are supported by several studies which demonstrate that the intergenerational perpetuation of inequality is lower in countries with greater public support programs for education for low-income families, with benefits for health and well-being that lasts into adulthood.”
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