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Tutor outsourcing

Parents in the US are taking advantage of the Indian outsourcing market to help their children achieve good grades, according to Reuters news agency.

Around 1,100 American school children are enrolled in the Bangalore based TutorVista online service which launched US services last November and has a staff of 50 e-tutors based mostly in India who charge a fee of US$100 a month for unlimited hours.

One Californian mother, Denise Robison, whose 13-year-old daughter Taylor uses the service, said: “I like to tell people I did private tutoring every day for the cost of a fast food meal or a Starbucks’ coffee. We did our own form of summer school all summer.”

Taylor took two-hour sessions each day, five days a week, at a cost of US$2.50 an hour — compared to the US$40 an hour charged by US-based tutors.

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