Scheme offering free tuition for teens from poor families to be launched

A pilot scheme is to be launched next month offering teenagers from poor families free private tutoring and young, unemployed teachers part-time work, government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou told Parliament on Thursday.

The program, which will be available for high school pupils, is to be funded through the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA).

Kedikoglou did not say how much the scheme would cost or what teachers would earn but said that the tutoring would initially be available to children from households that are at the risk of poverty.

The after-school classes will be taught at the children’s schools and there will be no more than 10 pupils in each group.

The staff that will be hired for the project will be unemployed teachers aged under 30 or teachers who are long-term unemployed.