For the last fortnight, there have been much discussions on the tuition situation here in Singapore. Many opinions have surfaced. Some feel that it’s a necessary evil, some think otherwise. In our never-ending competitive chase for academic excellence, this issue is here to stay, whether we like it or not.
1. Tuition used to be thought of as addition coaching meant for academically very poor students and whose parents can afford to spent money on hiring tutors for what schools are supposed to have already covered. Over time, as the income level of households rise, most are able to fork out the money for such private coachings. And today, it has evolved to become a million dollars industry that if your child is not having tuition, you belong to the rare minority.
2. Are we raising children with the right learning mindset? I read about straight As students clamouring for tuitions. It is good to want to learn more, to want to improve but are we feeding young kids with the wrong messages that academic achievements are the be-all and end-all. It’s pathetic, if that’s the case.
3. The Education Ministry is saying that the way forward is less emphasis on academic results in our education system and there should be broader definitions of success for our students. Parents will agree but it won’t ease their concerns that their kids may be behind their peers in scores. And when every friends and relatives are packing their children for tuition, better to be safe than sorry, they will have to send too.
I’m not into sending my kids for tuition due to societal pressure. There’s more to childhood than just academic results.