According to government data, more than one million children in the United States did not enroll in school, owing primarily to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. According to official numbers quoted by the New York Times (NYT), kindergarten admissions have declined the most.
The New York Times and Stanford University reviewed enrollment data from 70,000 public schools in 33 states.
As per the statistics, 10,000 local public schools will lose at least 20% of their kindergarten students by 2020. According to the New York Times, the number of schools involved has surged from 4,000 from 2019.
According to the NYT story, the data analysis found that more than half of the decrease in admissions in the United States has occurred in communities living below or near the poverty line, indicating the growing divide between the rich and the poor as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
In these places, the average annual salary of a household of four is less than Rs. 25 lakh. According to the research, such localities have had a 28% larger loss than the rest of the country.
The current coronavirus epidemic has resulted in the deaths of 4,293,530 people around the world.
In the United States alone, 616,828 people have died from the virus, with more than 35 million people afflicted with the deadly virus
The New York Times reported that primary school admissions in Philadelphia, where the majority of pupils come from low-income households, reduced by more than 25 percent between 2019 and 2020.
Kindergarten schools are voluntary in many US states, but experts believe that direct education in kindergarten is helpful for children, as problems involving their physical and mental development, such as autism, are usually spotted there.
Excluding Philadelphia, Jackson and Honolulu were the top cities with the largest decrease in kindergarten enrollment.