The word `tuition' refers to remedial teaching in small
groups. In the past, students who are weak in their studies engage the services
of a tutor, one who was an expert in his field of study. Today, it is a
different scenario altogether. Tuition has become a major money spinner for many
teachers. Almost every student who can afford it go for tuition and parents are
willing to fork out huge sums of money just to ensure that their children are
not left behind in the rat race or paper chase.
The rationale for sending students for tuition is to provide opportunities for
students who are weak in certain subjects to catch up. In schools, teachers have
limited time to teach students. For example, there are only five lessons per
week for subjects like Mathematics and English. The time allotted is certainly
insufficient for weak students to understand a particular subject. Moreover,
with increasing paper work and a load of other duties, teaching time may
actually be further reduced. Teachers may rush through the syllabus leaving
weaker students in the lurch. These students who have difficulty assimilating
what is taught may then resort to tuition.
Nowadays, due to work commitments, parents stay away from home for the greater
part of the day. Parents would then prefer to send their children to tuition
classes just to keep them from getting involved in undesirable activities or
just to prevent them from idling their time away. Some educated parents may be
too busy to help their children with their studies. On the other hand, there are
parents who are unable to help their children because they do not have a
sufficient level of education. For these groups of parents, tuition is helpful.
Tuition classes, nowadays are no longer confined to small groups of students.
Many tuition centers have a large enrolment. It is not uncommon to find tuition
classes which have bigger enrolments than classes in schools. In such instances,
students cannot get personalized attention from tutors and this defeats the
whole purpose of tuition.
The authorities should come down hard on such tuition centers which are out to
fleece students. Otherwise, such centers will be churning out teachers who give
their wholehearted attention and devotion to tuition and slacken in school.