A survey has shown that only 25% of enrolled school-aged children accessed education during school closures in Delhi, despite high levels of internet connectivity. Conducted by policy think tanks LIRNEasia and ICRIER, it showed that 84% of households in the NCT of Delhi have an internet connection: 22 percentage points higher than the national average. Although the survey also shows that the high level of household connectivity in Delhi helped it to better adapt in certain aspects during the Covid-19-induced lockdowns, it did not translate to gains in education.
Only 25% of school-aged children had any access to formal education during school closures in Delhi. In contrast, 40% had access to education in Tamil Nadu. Access was even low amongst the households with internet connectivity, indicating that while internet connectivity helped enable access to education, it did not guarantee it.
However, higher levels of household connectivity was seen enabling 19% of Delhi’s employed residents working from home during what they considered the most severe lockdown: this was nearly double the national average of 10% as well that of states such as Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Further, use of telemedicine in Delhi was greater than the national average—45% of those the Delhi’s population aged who required access to healthcare during what they considered the most severe lockdown used online health consultations services, as opposed to the national average of 38%.