Auckland parents and children have resigned from at least two weeks of remote learning at Level 4, raising the alert to level 3.
The teens who spoke to RNZ said they were worried about how the time they would leave the classroom would affect their preparation for the NCEA exams in November and December.
Auckland’s Polyana Pace said she understands the need to keep Alert Level 4 on protecting people from Code 19, but with three children aged 5, 10 and 13 at home, it will be a challenge.
“It was something we expected, but it still impresses you when the actual announcement comes,” he said.
“It’s going to be a challenge for another two weeks, especially for the kids. They’re just dying to go back to school. I don’t think we’re cutting it at home as teachers.”
Paes said the family received a lot of support from relatives, and the school community and teachers were helpful.
iztāhuhu College student Luiz Seetai said two more weeks of Alert Level 4 would be a real test of his motivation.
“In terms of learning, I won’t do that much,” he said.
“Earlier this holiday was very good but now it has been extended for another two weeks which is just my own freedom, as I have to push myself to do whatever I can. Not happy for more than two weeks. “
Fellow ātāhuhu student Rehmat Timo Mo said she is trying to keep herself and her two younger siblings on track with their education.
She said two weeks of Level 4 would be fine, but she was worried about how it would affect her NCEA performance all the time outside the classroom.
“I’m very worried about the exams. I don’t have full confidence because this time is very important for exam preparation. It’s a little difficult,” he said.
Meanwhile, Northland received the good news that it would move to level 3 before midnight on Thursday, depending on the results of the wastewater testing and the continued absence of cases.
Haley Reid, principal of Wangori Intermediate, said she expects the level change to be announced and is preparing to welcome the children of essential workers to bubble classes next week.
“I will meet the teachers of Bulbul School on Monday to see how we will do Bulbul School and then we will go and set up our places, two meters apart, measure them for the students. Then we will go.” It will start on Tuesday, “he said.
Reid said she was expecting about 80 children of Level 3 essential workers.
“People rely heavily on each other for support, and Level 3 will make it a lot easier,” he said.