When COVID-19 hit Mongolia in January 2020, all schools nationwide were closed, sending 900,000 children into remote learning. Classes were broadcast on the national TV channels on topics such as Mongolian language, mathematics, and science. Different channels were geared to different age groups. However, online courses were not as effective as in-person classes, but they were certainly better than no classes. Therefore, the additional work of home schooling saw the care burden increase significantly for parents.
Traditionally, families with two working parents prefer hiring a teacher for homeschooling to one of them quitting his/her job. However, the price of homeschooling is doubled since pandemic hit the country. The average cost of homeschooling ranges between MNT 500 thousand and MNT 600 thousand per child per month. This is above the minimum salary of just MNT 420 thousand in Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia as of January 2021.