London (CNN)The headmaster of Eton College, the UK's most elite private school, has said the coronavirus pandemic will trigger major societal change similar to that which followed the two world wars due to anger about inequality.
Coronavirus will increase inequality, says head of UK's most elite private school
"Years from now, when historians look back at the events of 2020, they are likely to identify Covid-19 as the trigger for profound change," Simon Henderson, headmaster of the £42,500 ($53,000) a year school told The Times newspaper in an interview published Saturday.
"It may well precipitate rapid social and economic transformation similar to that which followed two world wars," he added.
Many of the UK's prime ministers -- including Boris Johnson and former leader David Cameron -- attended the independent boarding school for boys, along with Prince Harry and Prince William.
Numerous public figures, actors and celebrities, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, also attended the school, which this week announced a £100 million fund to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to keep schools and educational institutions closed, experts say the inequality gap between rich and poor is being exacerbated by school closures worldwide.
Across the globe more than 1.5 billion students -- more than 90% of the world's learners -- are stuck at home due to school closures in about 190 countries, according to UNESCO estimates.
Poorer students are facing increased obstacles to achieving good grades as they contend with a lack of space to work, problems reaching online resources and psychological challenges.