Training is being imparted to Indian maths graduates to give tuition to British children via telephone and internet round the clock. In a report, it was mentioned that around 100 maths tutors were hired by a tutoring agency in Punjab and coached them in British school syllabus so that they can teach children of all ages. London-based BrightSpark Education says the tutors will be available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They will be paid 7 pounds an hour. The minimum wage in Punjab is 2.52 pounds.
Maths teachers are in chronic short supply in Britain. Maths graduates are offered a golden handshake of 5,000 pounds when they enrol on postgraduate teacher training courses. In 2009, some 5,980 students graduated in maths in Britain. While in India, 690,000 students graduate with degrees in science and maths each year. Inteactive whiteboards are used to conduct lessons. They communicate with students through headsets, enabling students to see themselves on screen.