Latin American Education Systems in response to COVID-19: Educational continuity and assessment: analysis from the evidence of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE); programme document

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unforeseen consequences for the education systems in the region. The Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education used the existing cooperation network in 17 of the 18 LLECE member countries to investigate the educational response to the pandemic, in hopes that the different responses will provide guidance to countries. At the time of the survey, the main problem continues to be the disruption of face-to-face classes; 15 of the 17 participating countries keep their educational establishments closed, most without clarity as to when they will reopen. Faced with this situation, countries have implemented various strategies to ensure the continuity of learning. The availability of material and content on the web, the use of mass media to transmit content, the use of digital learning platforms, and the sending of teaching materials to homes are the most frequent. Through the survey, countries were also consulted as to which they perceived to be the greatest obstacles to the success of the implemented measures. The 17 countries surveyed perceive the lack of adequate infrastructure as one of the main problems for the effectiveness of measures. This is followed by the difficulty in supporting remote areas, the lack of preparation of students, families and teachers to operate in distance learning mode and the lack of quality of the material available. Here, the regional problems of the digital divide and the poor adaptability of curricula are well known.


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