Tuition centers have become a booming industry, raking in hundreds of thousands
of dollars. On the average, parents fork out about $100 to $200 for each child
per month. Today, more and more teachers are giving tuition as it has become a
major money-spinner for them. What has triggered this phenomenon ? Are
schoolteachers shirking their duties or are parents just afraid that their
children will be left behind in the paper chase ?
rationale in sending students for tuition is to help them better
understand what has been taught in school. Students who are slow in grasping
what is taught in schools can attend tuition classes to catch up and improve
Moreover, in schools, teachers have a limited time to teach students. There
are only about five to six lessons a week for most subjects, including English,
Mathematics and science. The time allotted is clearly insufficient for weak
students to understand a particular subject. A the same time, teachers have less
teaching time due to increasing paperwork and other duties. Teachers are forced
to rush through the syllabus because of time constraints, thus
leaving students in the lurch.
Classes in school are too big and teachers do not have enough time to give
personal attention to teach and every student. On the other hand, tuition
classes have a smaller number of students, making personal attention possible.
Thriving on the education system's weaknesses, tuition centers have gained
popularity among both students and parents.
Parents, too, prefer to send their children for tuition. Parents who want
their children to excel in their studies are willing to spend large amounts of
money on tuition fees. Nowadays, due to work commitments, parents are away from
home for the greater part of the day. Parents would prefer to send their
children for tuition just to keep their offspring from getting involved in
undesirable activities or from idling their time away. At the same time, parents
who are not highly educated prefer to send their children for tuition.
For students who are unable to get personal attention in school and for those
who have difficulty assimilating what is
taught in schools, tuition is definitely a must, as the gain is more than the
cost. Teachers should be allowed to give tuition to improve students'