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Sri Lankan tutors

What matters is what works

Tutors in Sri Lanka who are as young as 17 and earning as little as £1.57 an hour


Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “First of all there’s a question about whether it’s ethical to be paying £1.57 to £3.07 an hour, outsourcing in this way. It also raises a bigger issue about why this money is being paid to the private sector whose objective in life must be to make a profit.”

So, who actually makes the profit out of this?

Assume that UK tutoring costs £17 an hour – an actual figure plucked from familial experience.

For each hour of tutoring received from a UK based tutor some other UK based taxpayer must give up £17 worth of consumption – assuming zero cost of tax collection. That’s a gallon at ‘Spoons that someone doesn’t get to drink in order to beat sums into the head of some liddle darlin’.

OK, maybe that’s worth it.

So, we now use the Sri Lankans at £1.70 an hour. For that same gallon not supped we gain 10 hours of tuition. Or, perhaps we allow the drinking of 7 pints and gain the hour.

The profit is either the student in gaining the tuition or the taxpayer in not losing consumption.

Who in buggery cares what the intermediary is making given that profit?

Our Man in Swindon’s equally dismissive view of this complaint is here.

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3 years ago

The private sector is doing it better & cheaper – but they’re making a profit, the bastards!

3 years ago

An “ethical question” raised by the organization whose job is to maintain the system where teacher salaries are raised at gunpoint

Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
3 years ago

The link to Mr Swindon’s piece is broken.

Perry de Havilland
3 years ago
Reply to  Quentin Vole

Oh cacat  it is indeed returning a CDIV result.

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