49% of U.S. Public School Students Were Behind Grade Level in at Least One Academic Subject During the 2022-2023.

Here’s What Papaya Can do to Help

Why Virtual Tutoring Platforms Are Crucial to Closing The Pandemic Learning Gap?

While it may seem like the rest of the world has moved on from the COVID-19 pandemic, students are struggling to catch up after losing valuable class time and it’s our job at Papaya to help.

A recent New York Times article revealed that students lost one-third of a school year during the pandemic, and, despite the return to classes, learning delays are common, particularly amongst low-income students.

toring Platforms Are Crucial to Closing The Pandemic Learning Gap

The article reveals that students of lower socioeconomic status dealt with added stressors during remote learning such as noisy study spaces, spotty internet connections, and economic turbulence that their high-income peers did not have to face.

On top of that, low income students also struggle to access quality tutoring. In the U.S. individual tutors can cost between $15 to $75 per hour, as of last year and well established tutoring centers on the other hand can charge upwards of $150 to $200 a month.

Between this and the undeniable shortage of qualified teachers – it’s no surprise that students are slipping through the cracks. At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 49 percent of U.S. public school students were behind grade level in at least one academic subject.

 So, what’s the solution? Papaya.

Virtual tutoring platforms like Papaya are crucial to closing the pandemic learning gap.

Why? Because Papaya envisions a world where every student, no matter their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status has access to culturally relevant, affordable tutoring.

Through connecting LATAM-based STEM tutors to underserved students in the US, Papaya creates living-wage opportunities for tutors abroad and democratizes access to high-quality education for underserved low-income communities in the US.

Our tech-fueled marketplace is built with convenience in mind for all parties. US students can access the platform virtually at their convenience, for a fraction of the price. LATAM tutors can work remotely and use their educational abilities to earn an income.

Most importantly, our LATAM tutors are emotionally intelligent and bilingual (in English and Spanish) offering our students added comfort for students who might be used to working with overwhelmed teachers that just cannot spare extra one-on-one time.

We built Papaya to serve as a saving grace for students in need – and there has never been a tougher time for students’ comprehension than now. Educators, families, students, and tutors who are interested in closing the STEM education gap through tech-enabled, tutoring services can reach out via: press@papayatutor.com

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