Staff at some of south-east Queensland’s most disadvantaged schools say they’re frustrated with the online learning process as thousands of students are told to stay home, due to the region’s growing COVID outbreak. Key points: Experts say inequality exists across Queensland schools and is more likely among students with limited English Professor Mark Western says disadvantaged students are increasingly in schools in poorer communities with fewer resources or funding A report found 14 per cent of students didn’t have access to a device during last year’s lockdown They say not every child has access to devices and a reliable internet connection. As a result, some schools are providing paper-based materials as an alternative. One teacher told the ABC that although schools were doing their best to put together engaging resources for students, some children would still be left behind. “Sometimes the kids could be the best English speakers in the house, so if they get work from school, they can’t rely on anyone in their house to help them do their work,” the teacher said. “So it has to be something they can decipher for themselves without any help. “It’s not that anyone at home doesn’t have the best of intentions, but they simply… Read full this story
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