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Poor KL students dropping out of school at an alarming rate amid outbreak
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Poor KL students dropping out of school at an alarming rate amid outbreak, new UN study finds

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The number of students from many of Klang Valley’s poor communities returning to the classroom is dropping at an alarming rate as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak’s disruption of school, according to a new study released today.

Many parents also expressed concern that their children have lost interest in school even after the government began lifting movement restrictions and reopened educational institutions, the same study found.

The findings followed the second round of the “Family On Edge” survey jointly commissioned by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), which aimed to evaluate the socioe-conomic state of households in the low-cost flats around Klang Valley post-movement control order, held between May and September.

The two international agencies said areas like education and mental health are now among new challenges facing policymakers as they battle the pandemic, now seen as one of the worst humanitarian and economic crises in human history.

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