When Sydney school students began online learning more than three weeks ago, Habab Shekeb struggled to assist his two primary-aged children with their work. Mr Shekeb and his wife, both refugees from Afghanistan, have limited English language proficiency and cannot comprehend their children’s schoolwork. “My wife is illiterate and so am I,” he said. “They [the school] gave us home learning booklets and my poor kids just sat and looked at it.” The couple were also unsure of how to help their sons access online learning materials. “I didn’t even know how to access the website … I tried to help them but I realised I couldn’t do it,” Mr Shekeb said. After contacting his children’s school, he felt he had no choice but to send them on campus, where they could get direct assistance from a teacher. “It’s much better for them to go to school because I can’t help them with their work at all.” Online learning has been extended for all students except those in Year 12 for another month in Sydney, with parents urged to keep their children at home due to the city’s ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Students can physically attend school if their parents are essential… Read full this story
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