#3 COVID-19 & EDUCATION
With the rapid spread of the triple-mutated Indian variant of Covid-19, the second wave of pandemic in Nepal has proven to be more fatal than that of the first wave last year. To prevent mass spreading of the virus, GoN has shut down the country’s academic institutions and suspended all major annual examinations. Traditionally the April-May period remains crucial for Nepal’s academic calendar for new admission sessions. In this policy brief, we highlight how disruption of key academic activities during this crucial period of the academic calendar for the second year in a row could affect Nepali students’ education outcomes in short-term and in long-term. In addition, we also explain how extended shutdown of academic activities could limit Nepali professionals’ (including bureaucrats, security personnel and politicians) overall learning from bilateral and multilateral academic exchange programs.