Germany’s lengthy pandemic school closures hit migrant pupils hardest

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By Joseph Nasr BERLIN (Reuters) – When a teacher told Syrian mother Um Wajih that her 9-year-old son’s German had deteriorated during his Berlin school’s six-week shutdown, she was saddened but not surprised. “Wajih had picked up German fast, and we were very proud of him,” said the 25-year-old mother of two. “I knew that without practice he would forget what he had learned but I couldn’t help him.” Her son now faces another year in a ‘welcome class’ for migrant children until his German is good enough to join native peers at a school in Berlin’s poor neighbourhood of Neukoelln. School closure…

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