School reopening should be done on a risk-based approach – with situations closely monitored, particularly for the effect of COVID-19 variants – and school closure be used as a last resort.
Mr. Ra is Chair of the Education Sector Group in ADB. Since joining ADB in 2001, he worked as Director, Pacific Strategy and Special Operations, Pacific Department, Senior Advisor to the Managing Director General, and Deputy Country Director for Bangladesh and Nepal Country Offices. Prior to ADB, he has a broad range of experience working with public and private entities such as Samsung and Korean National Pension. He also taught at leading universities in Japan, Korea, and USA. Author of over 50 publications, he is a regular contributor to public debates in news media and conferences on current economic and human development issues. Recognized in Marquis “Who’s Who,” he is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Asia-Pacific Economy published by Routledge, UK. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
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Effective higher education systems are critical for countries to advance. In South Asia, reforming governance structures and practices is a crucial step
Bangladesh not only kept girls in school but improved their lives on multiple levels with a simple, low-cost stipend program. It offers valuable insights for school systems around the world struggling with the pandemic.
COVID-19 and tuberculosis are both respiratory illnesses that can be addressed with similar strategies and resources.
The surge in online learning in the People’s Republic of China during the coronavirus outbreak highlights the importance of infrastructure, platforms and the preparedness of teachers, students and parents.
We must make it easier for Asia’s institutional investors to finance infrastructure projects.
What Uber has done for urban transport, drones can do for farms and the billions who depend on them.