Tu­tor­ing bill nears 1 bil­lion

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Greek par­ents spend al­most 1 bil­lion eu­ros a year on pri­vate tu­tor­ing for their chil­dren, ei­ther at home or at cram­ming schools, ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished yes­ter­day by the Net­work of Ex­perts in the So­cial Sci­ences of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (NESSE).

NESSE, a Euro­pean Com­mis­sion-funded net­work of schol­ars work­ing on so­cial as­pects of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, found that Greek fam­i­lies in­vest 952 mil­lion eu­ros a year, or 18.6 per­cent of to­tal house­hold bud­gets, on tu­tor­ing.

This rep­re­sents 20.1 per­cent of what the state spends on ed­u­ca­tion each year. More than 50 per­cent of Greek pupils have pri­vate tu­tor­ing and their par­ents spend far more on this than any other fam­i­lies in the EU, the re­port found.

Span­ish par­ents spend a com­bined 450 mil­lion eu­ros on pri­vate lessons, while it costs Ital­ians 420 mil­lion a year. NESSE ob­served a rise in the per­cent­age of the fam­ily bud­get al­lo­cated to tu­tor­ing in North­ern Euro­pean coun­tries such as Ger­many, Bel­gium and the UK, but the out­lay is nowhere near the same as in Greece.

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