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Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby LOLMum » Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:00 pm

Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Chai Hung Yin | The New Paper | Fri Mar 9 2012
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When Madam Rohani Sa'adon read the letter from her six-year-old son's kindergarten in Ang Mo Kio about tuition classes, she was taken aback.

The letter seemed to say that the extra lessons would be compulsory.

Tuition for her kid would be something new, and it would have put a strain on her family finances.

Speaking in Malay, the 30-year-old widow and mother of four kids aged between six and 13, said: "I'm not working. I have to think of the other kids too."

Another parent was irate enough to send a snapshot of the letter to media outlets, including one which was uploaded on The New Paper's Facebook page, along with a comment expressing surprise that tuition was needed for kindergarten kids.

The monthly fees are $40, with an additional $10 semester fee which is collected every six months.

The letter asked parents to hand over the money to the kids' class teacher for two-hour sessions each Saturday for "English and Mathematics".

There was no mention of an opt-out option. When contacted, the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) confirmed that the letter was sent out by one of its four kindergartens in Teck Ghee.

A spokesman clarified that the letter should not have used the word "tuition" as the centre meant "enrichment lessons" instead.

Some parents at the PCF Teck Ghee Education Centre had requested its principal to organise enrichment lessons in English and Mathematics for their children during the weekend, said the spokesman.

She said: "These are parents who they feel require extra help in learning or want their children to learn more, and are not able to get that learning at home.

"However, instead of enrichment classes, the word 'tuition' was inadvertently used instead."

The spokesman also clarified that the lessons were not compulsory and were sent to gauge interest from the other parents.

"We would like to apologise for any misunderstanding and confusion that arose as a result".

However, the parents' reactions remain mixed on the concept of tuition or extra classes for their tots.

Horrified

Some, like Madam Sarah Lin, a 30-year-old mother of two daughters aged three years old and 10 months old, were horrified.

She said: "That's ridiculous! They are too young to have tuition classes. Let them enjoy their childhood.

"From Primary One onwards, there's a curriculum for schools to follow.

"But for kindergartens, there's no centralised framework. Different kindergartens have different curricula. So what are these tuition classes for?"

Miss Aspa Mohd Hatta, whose four-year-old niece is in K1, said the terms used to describe these extra lessons do not matter to her.

"Whether it is tuition or enrichment class, they both mean the same thing to me," said the 31-year-old day trader, who became a guardian of her niece after the girl's father died.

A day trader buys and sells financial instruments, like stocks and options, within the same trading day before the market closes.

She added: "My niece is still too young for tuition classes. Kids her age should be focusing on playing hard for now."

Tuition agencies contacted by The New Paper said that there is demand for tuition at the K1 and K2 levels, though it is much lower than for older children.

Mr Kevan Soh, 26, who owns A Grader tuition agency, said about five out of every 100 queries would be for tuition at K1 and K2.

Mr Andy Chan, 30, who owns tuition agency EdustarAsia Tuition Services, said it receives about 10 to 15 enquiries a week for K1 and K2 tuition.

Both men report increasing demand for such services. The popular subjects? English and Chinese languages, said Mr Soh.

"Parents want tuition for their K1 and K2 children to prepare them for the Primary One syllabus," said Mr han.

One parent, Madam Tan Meiyin, felt that it was "a matter of packaging".

The 30-year-old business development assistant manager and mother of three, said she sends her eldest daughter to such extra classes conducted by the kindergarten she is attending.

But the kindergarten termed it as "preparatory classes for Primary One".

Madam Tan said: "It's about the exposure that my daughter gets, so that she wouldn't be too surprised by the Primary One syllabus, which is very different from the K2 syllabus."

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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Re: Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby Oppsgal » Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:15 pm

If I were the parent and receive such letter...I will ask them to pay me and go teach there for the "tuition" or "enrichment". :lol: Why cannot teach during school lessons :?

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Re: Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby limlim » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:17 pm

LOLMum wrote:Tuition agencies contacted by The New Paper said that there is demand for tuition at the K1 and K2 levels, though it is much lower than for older children.

"Parents want tuition for their K1 and K2 children to prepare them for the Primary One syllabus," said Mr han.


This article was first published in The New Paper.


Those parents are one of the cause of the current pathetic state of education system..

bcoz the students are so well prepared, the school teachers might proceed at accelerated pace and not diligently teach what they are originally supposed to teach.. and also to test at more forwarded level.. forcing the other parents to seek tuition to try to catch up and the vicious cycle repeats.... really shd ban tuition centers....

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Re: Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby LOLMum » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:27 pm

on one hand, it is good that pap kindergarten is making it cheap for parents who want the classes but cant afford.

on the other hand, the whole system is going out of control.

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Re: Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby hquek » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:52 am

Agree. What is it that the teachers are not doing in daily classes thatbthey have to build in extra lessons? Dun tell me that kids as young as 3 are supposed to have full day classes? Woahhhhh

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Re: Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby Strparent » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:49 am

One parent, Madam Tan Meiyin, felt that it was "a matter of packaging".

The 30-year-old business development assistant manager and mother of three, said she sends her eldest daughter to such extra classes conducted by the kindergarten she is attending.

But the kindergarten termed it as "preparatory classes for Primary One".

Madam Tan said: "It's about the exposure that my daughter gets, so that she wouldn't be too surprised by the Primary One syllabus, which is very different from the K2 syllabus."


Image errrr, I thought that was what K1,K2 suppose to do - prepare kids for P1 ?

since when did Kindergarten become a childcare nia, and lessons have to pay extra de ?

I am beginning to agree with Limlim more and more - this tuition wave is becoming bigger and bigger, so much that everyone and every org starts to look for opportunities to milk the kanchiong kiasu parents ....... and many of them are asking for it indirectly by opening themselves up to be fleeced.
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limlim wrote:
LOLMum wrote:Tuition agencies contacted by The New Paper said that there is demand for tuition at the K1 and K2 levels, though it is much lower than for older children.

"Parents want tuition for their K1 and K2 children to prepare them for the Primary One syllabus," said Mr han.


This article was first published in The New Paper.


Those parents are one of the cause of the current pathetic state of education system..

bcoz the students are so well prepared, the school teachers might proceed at accelerated pace and not diligently teach what they are originally supposed to teach.. and also to test at more forwarded level.. forcing the other parents to seek tuition to try to catch up and the vicious cycle repeats.... really shd ban tuition centers....


though banning is kind of extreme and unlikely, some form of control could be necessary to curb this meritocracy scramble.........
time to cho kang, MPs and MOE. :sweat:

Oppsgal wrote: Why cannot teach during school lessons :?


opportunity ? can make extra moo ? imo, the cycle is evolving to a 'If I don't do it, other people will' scenario Image

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Re: Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby limlim » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:00 am

Strparent wrote:this tuition wave is becoming bigger and bigger, so much that everyone and every org starts to look for opportunities to milk the kanchiong kiasu parents ....... and many of them are asking for it indirectly by opening themselves up to be fleeced.


Exactly.... right on the spot.. :goodpost:

Strparent wrote:
limlim wrote:Those parents are one of the cause of the current pathetic state of education system..

bcoz the students are so well prepared, the school teachers might proceed at accelerated pace and not diligently teach what they are originally supposed to teach.. and also to test at more forwarded level.. forcing the other parents to seek tuition to try to catch up and the vicious cycle repeats.... really shd ban tuition centers....


though banning is kind of extreme and unlikely, some form of control could be necessary to curb this meritocracy scramble.........
time to cho kang, MPs and MOE. :sweat:

Oppsgal wrote: Why cannot teach during school lessons :?


opportunity ? can make extra moo ? imo, the cycle is evolving to a 'If I don't do it, other people will' scenario Image


Agree that it is too extreme, as well as some from of control is needed....

How about like.. start with ban advertising? like what they do for the casinos.. offer your services.. but don't go and disturb the heartlanders....

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Re: Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby SAHM_TAN » Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:02 am

Why the outrage? I thought it's very common for K1 and K2 even as young as N2 kids to have enrichment or tuition? Just have to look at all the little kids coming out of the various pte centres. Maybe the parents of the kids from the kindy cannot afford to pay the pte centres, so they are asking the kindy to offer it at a subsidised rate.

I'm curious, for parents who are aiming for the top and very popular primary schools do you enroll your kids for extra classes? I have a fren who engaged a one to one Chinese tutution for his kid becos he will be going to a SAP school.

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Re: Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby Brenda10 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:00 am

I remembered in 2005 when DD was in K2, the childcare had conducted additional phonics class and we paid around $40 -50 for a term. We also engaged a China Teacher teaching DD HYPI before she enter P1.

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Re: Outrage over kindergarten's 'tuition' classes

Postby Oppsgal » Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:09 am

Brenda10 wrote:I remembered in 2005 when DD was in K2, the childcare had conducted additional phonics class and we paid around $40 -50 for a term. We also engaged a China Teacher teaching DD HYPI before she enter P1.


Why don't teach own child at home?

If everything also tuition, :moneyflies: .

I would only bring kid to tuition if I really don't know how to teach. :sweat:

I believe give birth to kids, parents should spent the time with kids. Be it in education or what...try first before outsource.

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