An article published on The Conversation reports that in South Africa the loss of school learning time in 2020 moved the education system backwards to the achievement levels as they were in 2015 – a regression by five years. Further to this, the article details a widening gap in the level of education between wealthier and less well-off learners, stating that children from poorer households missed substantially more classroom instruction time than children from higher-income households and that the consequences of that lost contact classroom will be felt for years. To read the full article, including suggestions for how to remedy the situation, visit the News Blog page on the Future Media website.