A new study published by the Office of Education Review shows that Covid-19 has disproportionately and significantly affected Pacific students.
“Pacific societies have experienced higher levels of Covid-19, which affects their learners. Pacific students also face greater learning barriers as they are more likely to say they will not have access to a home learning device, ”said Nicholas Paul, CEO and Chief Review Officer of ERO.
“Pacific students and communities have been remarkably resilient to the challenges of Covid-19. However, we found that Pacific students were disproportionately affected. Two-thirds of Pacific students live in Auckland, where schools are closed for three times as many days as in the rest of the country.
“There is a risk that Covid-19 will have a long-term impact on Pacific students.”
Paul says there are already some concerns about what impact the delay has had on engaging in education.
“Attendance rates for Pacific students lag behind those of other groups – at the end of November last year, attendance rates for Pacific students were only 47 percent. Our report shows that Pacific student achievement also fell in 2021.
“In addition, Pacific researchers also told us how the pandemic continued to affect them in terms of anxiety and congestion overload,” says Paul.
While Covid-19 has an impact on education in New Zealand, Pacific student families, communities and schools have excelled in supporting students, says Paul. Pacific researchers said they felt supported by adults in their lives and had people they could talk to in case of welfare or learning problems. They were more likely to say that they received additional support from teachers after the closure and also increased the involvement of Pacific families in their children’s education, according to the ERO.
New research provides examples of how teachers, schools and teachers worked during a pandemic – what ERO Pule Pasifika Taulea’leausumai, Violet Tu’uga Stevenson says, we should celebrate and acknowledge.
“We have seen schools implement flexible schedules to help students manage their education and other responsibilities, such as work or home help. We have also seen schools innovate to make culture a visible part of learning, celebrate pride in Pacific cultures, and work to build closer ties with Pacific students to better understand them.
“We urge schools to continue to do this, taking proactive action to prioritize support for Pacific students. This can include programs to catch up with learning, combined support for well-being, achievement and attendance, and support for students to continue their studies while balancing family responsibilities, ”says Tuga Stevenson.
But schools can not do it alone. Because Covid-19 continues to have a disproportionate impact on Pacific communities, now is the time to act to ensure that Pacific students no longer remain vulnerable in the long run, says the ERO.
He recommends that educational agencies work together to develop specific responses to enhance achievement for Pacific students. It should address lost learning, help students who are lagging behind, and should focus on key areas of literacy and numeracy.
The ERO says it will also work specifically with schools where Pacific pupils’ progress and achievement has declined to help them find ways to improve Pacific pupil outcomes, explore and apply the good practices outlined in this report.
The full report can be read here: Learning in the Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Pacific Students | Education Review Office (ero.govt.nz)
The ERO also prepared a brief overview with key findings: Learning in the Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Pacific Students – Summary | Education Review Office (ero.govt.nz)
And a guide for school leaders and how they can support Pacific students: Learning in the Covid-19 World: A Guide to Supporting Pacific Learners | Education Review Office (ero.govt.nz)
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