PEO TV from SLT Vision Com is launching an innovative learning and education channel bringing OL and AL classes to the living room, a move that could well impact on the lucrative ‘tuition’ industry.
"We are on the road to bringing tuition class right to your homes, with the involvement of experienced and qualified teachers, university professors, lecturers, university students and educationists," Thusitha Weerasooriya, CEO of the company which is a subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) said in an interview with the Business Times.
Using a current subscriber base of 30,000, the company plans to introduce this revolutionary new medium of learning for children using Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) technology. It will concentrate on GCE OL and GCE AL science and commerce streams as the first step of this initiative.
PEO TV will create an environment for students to be exposed to Science, and Commerce subjects along with Information Technology, Computer and Communications, Technological and productivity enhancement skills from the school level, he added
The advantage of this new education medium is that students will be able to follow these programmes during their free time learning subjects taught in schools in accordance with the syllabus. Localized subject material will be developed as supplementary programmes, similar to revision models with rewinding facility to enable students to better understand the subject matter what was taught in school, Mr Weerasooriya said.
Mr Weerasooriya says he is determined through PEO TV to transform Sri Lanka’s television to a person’s personnel access portal with all the information they need as an when they require it.
He noted that his company is also planning to introduce programmes aimed at life skills development including personality building, spoken English and business management.
“The main aim is to transform and better people’s life styles using this powerful media,” he said adding that they are also working towards making Internet browsing through the TV a reality. While Sri Lanka has less than half a million Internet computer users in the country, there are over 3.5 million TV sets.
He said PEO TV with the IPTV technology is a breakthrough meant to make life more comfortable. “We can look forward to receiving SMS, answering telephone calls, paying utility bills, personal banking, video calls, internet access and ordering your favourite Pizza via your television through PEO TV,” he said.