Online Tutoring seems to have caught the fancy of many in Kerala with many enthusiasts from unemployed educated housewives to even 13-year-olds doubling up as 'teachers'.
Akshay Kumar PG, aged 13 years is a sixth standard student of Green Valley Public school at Kothamangalam in Ernakulam district while Amal Mariyadas, another a sixth grader is a student at Bishop Moore Vidyapeeth in Alapuzha district.
Giving them company as e-tutor is 16-year-old Karthik PG, 9th standard student of Vimalgiri public school at Kothamangalam and they are tutoring students more than double their age at an Akshaya e-learning centre at nearby Thoppumpady. They take spoken English classes for their students in Bangalore and Egypt.
Among their students are a 40-year-old transport business owner, Babu from Bangalore who wants to pursue a law degree and his wife. They come on different computers from their home to take classes, says Sebastian Panakal, who has been running the centre for the last 3 years.
The children take English conversation classes from their home at 6 am before setting off for school and then between 9.30 pm to 10.30 pm after their studies.
Sebastian says children pick up faster and it was easier to teach them how to take classes and they were ready in three days, he says, adding, the children have also taken classes with power point presentation for 27 teachers of the centre also.