New Delhi: Prolonged school closures due to the pandemic have reversed years of gradual rise in Indian school students’ learning levels, with a major education report released on Wednesday reporting basic reading and math skills comparable to pre-2012 levels. Nearly 43% of the class V students tested by Pratham Education Foundation, an education non-profit organization, could read a class II level text and 26% could divide numbers. In 2012 this was 47% and 25% respectively. Over the centuries, the gains in reading were more wiped out than in arithmetic. Bihar, Jharkhand and Manipur were among the few outliers that outperformed grade V students’ basic reading ability.