According to the Member of Parliament for the Bosomtwe Constituency, learning poverty is when a 10-year-old school-going child is unable to read, a situation he said the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has made it worst.
He noted that 23 out of every 100 children according to experts before the outbreak of the locally transmitted disease had such problem but has currently increased to almost 70 per cent since the global pandemic.
Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum speaking in an interview monitored by Georgeweb.org said the GES after the closure of the school on March 15, 2020, rolled out learning programmes for students but the majority of them were exempted for some reasons.
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The Deputy Education Minister further urged parents to buy a computer for their who are wards currently at home as a temporal school break amid the novel virus in other for them to participate in online learning.