From our Swindon correspondent:
From the Guardian
Tutors in Sri Lanka who are as young as 17 and earning as little as £1.57 an hour have been used by the government’s flagship national tutoring programme to teach maths to disadvantaged primary school children in England, the Guardian has learned.
The Department for Education announced the immediate suspension of the use of under-18s as tutors for the £350m national tutoring programme (NTP) after being approached about the revelations, and pledged a review of the use of overseas-based tutors in the coming year.
It’s perfectly ethical to pay £1.57 to £3.07 to people in Sri Lanka because it’s not far off their average wage in Sri Lanka. It’s making them richer. And if we raised the price, with all the other costs to be considered with outsourcing across the world, they probably wouldn’t get the work. Isn’t this what the lefties want? The brown people around the world rising out of poverty?
And it should not be forgotten that almost everyone’s objective is making a profit. People might not think of salary as profit, but going to work is a profitable endeavour. You apply some inputs (getting trained, buying a suit, paying for a bus, your labour, food, renting near a place of work) and get paid. That covers your cost and leaves money left over for a shiny car, an Xbox, a holiday in the Dordogne and some pinot grigio. That’s your profit. We don’t class that as profit, but it is. If you’re smart, you try and get more in the income column, while reducing your costs (e.g. getting a job on the same salary, but in a place with cheaper rent).