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The Singapore Education System → Is Tuition Necessary? (An Intro)

Most parents will agree that Singapore has one of the best education systems globally. Our schools closely follow the guidelines set by MOE in order to provide the most well-rounded and comprehensive education for our children. Albeit so, tuition centres and agencies are popular among the Singaporean parents. In view of this, the big question is, is tuition really necessary in Singapore A common reason why many parents flock to tuition centres and agencies is to improve their children’s competitive advantage. Parents find competition in Singapore is really high as we have a knowledge-based economy. Thus, by enhancing the learning their children receive, parents hope their children will gain an edge for their future career and development. In fact, Singapore is not alone in this. In China, with the massive population size, competition for entrance into good schools and eventually a reputable job is extremely high, even more so than Singapore. As such, almost every Chinese child has a multitude of tuitions on hand. We do agree that tuition is really useful in a child’s learning. It can not only reinforce the learning from school, it can also provide a wider perspective on the subject matter or an alternative way to understand the subject matter better. However, tuition is not necessary for everyone. Some students are blessed to be matched to a school which fits his/her learning style. Some students only require slight help which they can get from their older siblings and parents. The present-day internet is also a very useful platform where students can seek help from. Certainly, as much as these students who can do without...