Don’t fear pandemic education dropout

One in two Australian parents and carers felt the COVID-19 pandemic still made learning difficult for their children.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s education is not over, warns one of Australia’s leading charities.

A new survey from the Smith family found that one in two parents and caregivers felt the pandemic still made learning difficult for their children.

About three quarters of parents and carers were concerned about their children’s future schoolwork and struggled to help their children during the pandemic.

Two-thirds of parents and carers said the virus made it difficult to attend school this year.

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It comes as the charity kicks off its latest Winter Appeal, hoping to raise $5.4 million nationally to support 12,000 students through mentorship and after-school programs.

COVID-19 has forced schools to close their doors amid the pandemic, with experts worrying about its long-term effects on students.

Teachers in the public and private sectors have launched strikes advocating for higher pay and better conditions.

Smith Family director Doug Taylor said underprivileged students were at risk of falling behind in school even before the virus arrived.

“We see an ever widening education gap reflected in the (NAPLAN) data and we are hearing directly from families that they are concerned about their children’s education,” said Mr Taylor.

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