UK tutoring scheme uses under-18s in Sri Lanka paid as little as £1.57 an hour

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Exclusive: Government suspends use of under-18s to teach English pupils after being approached about revelations

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.

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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.

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