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Vienna to introduce free after school tuition for all school pupils

The City of Vienna is planning to offer free private lessons for school pupils in the city's schools to save families an estimated 600 Euro per child.

The mayor of Vienna, Michael Häupl, from the SPOe, unveiled new plans this week at the Vienna SPOe conference held in Rust, Burgenland, which would entitle all school pupils aged between six and fourteen to the lessons.

The new programme entitled "Förderung 2.0" would help school pupils have easier access to what at the moment is often very costly after school help, thus reducing the burden on families, many of whom struggle to pay the private tuition.

In order to implement the programme an additional 400 teachers would be employed to help pupils with their homework as well as learning for tests.

The main subjects the teachers will cover is maths, science, German as well as foreign languages.

The new programme will cost an estimated 18-20 million Euro per year - and would enable around 22 hours of after school lessons per school.

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