Poverty and Proximate Barriers to Learning: Vision Deficiencies, Vision Correction and Educational Outcomes in Rural Northwest China
Hannum, E. and Zhang, Y.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of poor eyesight on educational achievement from a stratification perspective.
This study is based on the analysis of the Gansu survey of children and families, and also the Gansu vision intervention project.
Almost 1 in five children reported having problems reading the blackboard, and 12% reported having difficulty doing homework because of eye problems.
Almost a quarter of students (23%) complained that their eyes hurt while doing homework because of poor light conditions at home.
About 11% of all studied children had failed one or more subjects due to poor eyesight.
Eye problems including strain related to poor lighting and poor eyesight experienced by children are detrimental to school engagement and performance.
This article was identified as a reference for a VII-commissioned systematic review on the Impact of URE on Children.