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Students with kids 'need more support'

Published: Thursday, 30 April 2009   Category: Government policies

Students with children are not receiving the necessary support, it has been claimed.

A survey by the National Union of Students (NUS) highlights that 60 per cent of students with children have considered quitting their course at some stage, while half of those questioned said their parenting commitments had made them late or resulted in them missing classes.

The majority of student parents (80 per cent) rely on friends and family for childcare.

NUS women's officer Katie Curtis said parents were "constantly being tested by a combination of limited childcare funding, complex student support arrangements, inaccessible teaching practices and few opportunities to take part in wider student life".

However, three-quarters of those questioned said they had enjoyed their experience of being a student.

The survey was conducted as part of the NUS's Meet the Parents campaign, findings from which will be used in a campaign to break down barriers faced by student parents.

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