Tuition In Singapore Essay

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Over the years, as a result of a competitive, grade-oriented culture, Singaporean parents rely heavily on private tuition to aid their child’s academic needs. Singaporean families spend $1.1 billion a year on tuition, more than double of that spent a decade ago, in accordance to the latest Household Expenditure Survey. Singaporeans have a mind-set that success is based on academic achievements, which will eventually land you favorable job opportunities, and will in turn give you a good life. Hence, education is slowly losing it’s meaning. It is necessary to instil that education should be tackled holistically, rather than using goal-oriented approach. Extra private tuition could possibly help a child progress in school, but it takes more than…show more content…
As Voon (2009) points out, even local and foreign undergrads are getting tuition because of the rising pressure in schools. “There is a very subtle and gradual transformation of mind to grow dependent on the tutor (Han 2012).” The heavy reliance on having a tutor to guide them step-by-step, hinders their growth to succeed independently. However, some established tuition centres in Singapore, such as Mind Champs and Aspire Hub, do provide structured enrichment classes focusing on character building and life skills such as personal mastery and communication skills catered to develop individual’s holistically and to prepare them for challenges ahead. Nevertheless, the student’s eagerness to improve, followed by drive and passion, is still a key factor in every aspect of learning.

As you grow older, it takes more than good grades to set you apart from competition. In primary and secondary school, grades mattered because they are key in getting you into good schools. However, the problem comes when you are already in a good school and everyone does well, or are as equally academically capable; therefore, it takes more than just academics to set you apart from the
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