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Covid-19 widens the education gap between rich and poor students

While private students in Brazil are buried in homework and trying to adjust to online classes, public school students are being left to fend for themselves

Covid-19 is increasing the education gap between rich and poor students
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As the Covid-19 pandemic hit Brazil, schools were the first establishments to close. Now, over a month into social isolation measures, the stark inequality of the country has created two parallel realities for children and teenagers of school-going age. In private education, students are trying to adapt to having classes remotely and facing tons of homework, while children from public schools face the challenge of learning alone, and maintaining nutrition without their free school lunches. 

While the entire country has been deeply affected by the harsh break in routines, education is set to be one of the sectors that will...

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