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Tuesday, 20 November, 2001, 15:43 GMT
Lesson help via text message
Pupils in Germany are being offered help with their schoolwork and revision via a mobile phone text messaging service.

Students receive the relevant texting tuition on their mobile handsets, having booked a slot for a given subject.

Students just have to let us know in plenty of time and we make sure someone will be available

Anja Stoiser, Yoc
They type in their questions and send them off to a teacher who is on the other end of the line.

The idea is to send personalised help to pupils in the run-up to pre-Christmas exams.

Berlin-based mobile phone marketing service, Yoc, is offering the service free of charge until the end of the winter term.

Christmas cheer

Company spokeswoman Anja Stoiser said the offer would bring some Christmas cheer to stressed out youngsters.

"Students just have to let us know in plenty of time and we make sure someone will be available. We can't guarantee an A, but we want to help," she said.

Some fear the service could lead to some children cheating in their exams, but the company said it would not take responsibility for anyone caught cheating.

"Sneaking the phone into the classroom or nipping out to the toilet to send or read a text message is the pupil's responsibility," said Ms Stoiser.

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