Dutch schools have been closed for a long time now due to COVID-19. It is clear that all primary school students have fallen behind in arithmetic, language and reading comprehension. “On balance, it comes down to the fact that they didn’t learn anything at home during the first lockdown,” says Lex Borghans, Professor of Labour Economics and Social Policy at Maastricht University.
Borghans looked at how the students scored on tests they took when they returned to school shortly after the first lockdown. For years, students have scored more or less the same on these tests, but now he saw that the knowledge of all students from both lower and upper years in the field of reading, writing and arithmetic has decreased enormously. Now that schools were closed for the second time, he fears that the backlogs have increased further.