Relief teachers lose work as schooling goes online

As governments work to stem the spread of coronavirus, job losses have reverberated in many industries such as arts and entertainment, fitness, sports, and hospitality. In education, thousands of relief teachers have lost their jobs as schooling is moved online. Natalie Williams finds out more.

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“It’s 6pm on Sunday the 22nd of March 2020. My mother sits on our couch, cup of tea in hand, watching the news. In a matter of minutes, she has gone from being a relief teacher in multiple schools, to one of many who are now unemployed.

This is the reality for people across the country. As COVID-19 gradually spreads throughout Australia, many are facing challenging new circumstances for the coming months of isolation…”