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Global study reveals that learners worldwide see COVID-19 as a major turning point for modern education with online learning as a lasting legacy from the pandemic -

Pearson, the world's learning company, has released the results of its second Global Learner Survey, an annual study capturing the voice of learners worldwide. The findings show learners believe there is little likelihood of ever returning to the pre-COVID world of fully in-person work and learning, with more than 75 percent saying that the pandemic has fundamentally changed education. While learners come to terms with the new reality, they are also pushing for schools and government to address inequity and rushing to gather the digital skills that will help them adapt to the new economy.

Pearson conducted the study with Harris Insights & Analytics to give learners in seven countries the opportunity to voice their opinions on primary, secondary and higher education, and careers and the future of work during the pandemic. More than 7,000 people, ranging in age from 16 to 70, participated in the poll. Now in its second year, the survey is seen to be the most comprehensive and wide ranging global public opinion survey of learners.

The Global Learner Survey’s top findings include: learners see COVID-19 driving a revolution in the way they learn and work; as the fall semester starts, there is skepticism about universities-especially when it comes to bringing students back to campus; even with the massive COVID-19 disruption, trust and confidence in education systems is on the rise; learners expect education systems to do more to address inequality; if online is here to stay, learners want it to be better; and the rush is on to build better digital skills that will sustain people through the pandemic and beyond.

The findings of the Global Learner Survey can be found at go.pearson.com/global-learner-survey.

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