April 18, 2024

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Principal Eton said the coronavirus would increase inequality

Many of the UK's prime ministers -- including Boris Johnson and former leader David Cameron -- attended Eton.
“Years from now, when historians look back on events in 2020, they tend to identify Covid-19 as a trigger for big change,” Simon Henderson, principal of £ 42,500 ($ 53,000) a year school told the school. The Times Newspaper in an interview published Saturday.

“This might trigger a rapid social and economic transformation similar to what happened after the two world wars,” he added.

Many British prime ministers – including Boris Johnson and former leader David Cameron – attend independent boarding schools for boys, along with Prince Harry and Prince William.

A number of community leaders, actors and celebrities, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, also attended the school, which this week announced a £ 100 million fund to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

When the coronavirus outbreak continues to make schools and educational institutions close, experts say the gap between rich and poor is happening exacerbated by the closure of schools throughout the world.

Around the world more than 1.5 billion students – more than 90% of the world’s students – are stuck at home because of the closure of schools in about 190 countries, according to UNESCO estimates.

Poorer students face increasing obstacles to achieving good grades because they are faced with lack of space to work, problems reaching online resources and psychological challenges.

Meanwhile, this virus has a profound impact on the economy. In the United States, the richest country in the world, more than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment, millions of small businesses have asked for forgiven loans to stay alive.
Meanwhile, the United Nations warned last week that a coronavirus pandemic would encourage additional 130 million people are on the verge of starvation in about three dozen countries already damaged by poverty or war.

“Injustice will become transparent, as in Blitz when it is noted that houses in Belgravia are empty while East End is suffering. Coronavirus is not yet a great leveler, it is much more difficult if you are poor,” Henderson said.

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