Information and communication technology; First-aid to the private tutoring problem?
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In the past pupils at the elementary and high schools were only complaining about homework. Nowadays they must be rightfully complaining about private tutoring. Private tutoring has been seen by many as the plague of our times. One could predict that the problem is just as intense in Cyprus as it is at other places in the world, but a recent study was necessary to give the true picture of the problem. This survey was carried out among a random group of college students and researched the extent of the problem as well as the school level at which this becomes more intense. The results of the survey proved the existence of the problem to a high degree. Further to the presentation of partial survey results, the paper introduces a strategic approach for adopting information and communications technology (ICT) in an instructional schema. The aim is to support and enhance both the classroom instruction and the homework study of our pupils. In the proposed schema there are several active partners whose contribution is deemed vital for the fulfillment of its ultimate objectives. The opportunities for communications, connectivity and collaboration that Internet technology offers, along with the unlimited applications that are possible by the use of information technology, build a very strong technological infrastructure. Teachers and technology experts with their invaluable knowledge, experience, and expertise represent the human resource. The financial, practical and moral support of the government is the essential driving force and the spinal cord of this plan. With all these present, only positive attitude and good will on behalf of the stakeholders to cooperate for the success of these common educational plans, would be the final missing link.