When Vanessa Mera enrolled her eldest child in a non-government school, she thought she was making the best school choice for her daughter but she quickly doubted her decision.
"The class sizes were in excess of 30 children and my daughter was just not where she should have been academically," Ms Mera said.
"We chose [the non-government] system because it had so many resources, but my daughter was not learning what she needed to know."
Determined to make up lost ground, Ms Mera enrolled her eight-year-old daughter Soleil, who is in year 3, in a tutoring class at the Global Education Academy in Kogarah.
She also enrolled her kindergarten son, Ignacio, 6, when she realised he was not keeping up with his peers.
Ms Mera said neither of her children had any learning difficulties, but they had been struggling until she turned to tutoring.
"My son can read and write now, he is where he should be," Ms Mera said. She also moved the children this term to Botany Public School.
"Myself and my children are extremely happy with the school and it is the best decision we made," Ms Mera said.
Ms Mera said parents should not have to resort to tutoring because students should be able to rely on their school for sufficient support.
"We have done two terms [of tutoring], but we won't need to keep going now because my children have caught up and their new school has made a big difference.
"We really need to destigmatise the whole public schooling system because you can get a very good education there."