MILLIONS of parents are furious that their state-educated children have missed months of work while private schools have offered regular online lessons.
While some state sector schools have risen to the challenge, figures reveal many pupils are falling behind in their work.
This is despite free technology being offered by providers such as Zoom, Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams.
Teachers have also been on full pay throughout the lockdown.
It emerged yesterday that tough guidance from the Government is to force state schools to offer the same quality of remote learning as provided by private schools.
Switch Mark Lehain, from the Teachers and Parents for Excellence network, said: “Schools had to make an unprecedented and sudden switch from classroom to remote learning for all their pupils.
“It was a massive challenge, so it’s no surprise quality of provision has been variable.
“It has been frustrating for families when they hear about other people’s kids having regular online lessons from school but their own have had little or none.”
Figures show just 71 percent of state school children are getting, at most, one daily online lesson. Yet 31 percent of independent school pupils get at least four a day.
Other research by The Sutton Trust found only 19 percent of pupils from state primaries and 22 percent of state secondaries have taken part in the daily online tuition.
But privately educated pupils are twice as likely to access online tuition as state school peers.