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Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby sushi88 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:39 am

What kind of mindset is this? Is this still called kiasu or we are getting ill as a society?

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Some parents are paying up to $250 an hour for a tutor to come to their homes.

It is not for tuition lessons.

Instead, it is for the tutors to do their children's homework.

For these parents, it is something that cannot be helped, they say.

Their children are inundated with so much tuition, co-curricular activities and school assignments that they are struggling to cope.

Some tutors are even hired to complete primary school-level homework set by elite tuition centres.

Think of these tutors as homework elves. While the children sleep, these teachers do the assignments that need to be handed up the next day.

The rates are usually $200 an hour if the tutor travels to the child's home before midnight, and $250 if it is later.

A mother of a Secondary 3 student, who wants to be known only as Lilly, says she gets the tutors to come over whenever she realises her son is struggling with homework.

"Most of the time, the tutor will come by and my son will briefly tell him what is required," says the mother of two.

"While the tutor finishes the work, my son will do his other homework, or go to sleep if he is too tired."

Apart from just a problem of time, some parents feel that some of the assignments are superfluous.

They want to free up their children's schedule to focus on more important areas, rather than have them bogged down by unnecessary projects and homework.

Housewife Wendy Zeng, 40, feels that her 15-year-old daughter's assignments "serve no purpose".

When quizzed, she names project-based work that has no direct relevance to the subjects her daughter is studying, for instance a project on volunteerism, where the students had to dissect the pros and cons of being a volunteer.

"But they still have to hand in their homework. I prefer to get her to focus on what is more important. It is not like her grades have dropped or anything."

Madam Zeng spends about $800 a month on such services by tutors.

It is a lot to fork out, but it seems the high fees do not deter parents.

In 2012, The New Paper on Sunday polled 80 parents outside elite tuition centres in Singapore, and found that close to half had hired or would hire tutors to complete their children's homework.

Their job is to finish assignments handed out by the tuition centres which their children attend.

Pauline Soh, 43, hired a tutor to do the assignments given by the elite tuition centres that her 14-year-old daughter goes to.

The civil servant sets aside $500 to $700 a month for this tutor.

It had taken close to a year for her daughter to get a place at the tuition centre, and she wanted to ensure that her daughter kept her place there.

These elite centres have long waiting lists and entrance exams. They also require that a kid scores well to continue at the centre.

She reasons: "After all that effort, it would be such a terrible waste if she had to give up her spot for others on the waiting list just because she cannot finish the work."

This article by The New Paper was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

- See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/education/ ... cuExb.dpuf

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Re: Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby pirate » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:41 am

:rotflmao:

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Re: Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby slmkhoo » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:42 am

If it weren't for the fact that I don't approve, I'd like to earn that kind of money!

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Re: Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby sushi88 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:46 am

slmkhoo wrote:If it weren't for the fact that I don't approve, I'd like to earn that kind of money!


Yeah..ditto to that. Maybe the next thing we see is people decorating walls with $$.

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Re: Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby limlim » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:29 am

钱花不完。

vs 99.9999% of the population where 钱不够用。

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Re: Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby pirate » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:36 am

sushi88 wrote:Yeah..ditto to that. Maybe the next thing we see is people decorating walls with $$.

Actually, I know somebody who does that. And not with $2 notes. Still cheaper than buying a Lamborghini in Singapore. Not to mention if really need to use the money, can always pluck it off the walls. :razz:

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Re: Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby jetsetter » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:39 am

But this was the trend decades ago when I was a student giving pt tuition. I also helped/accompanied my kids do homework per their working parents' request, as they had too many CCAs after school and music lessons.

I was once a homework elf or fairy godmother too.

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Re: Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby TheAnswer » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:40 am

sushi88 wrote:
slmkhoo wrote:If it weren't for the fact that I don't approve, I'd like to earn that kind of money!


Yeah..ditto to that. Maybe the next thing we see is people decorating walls with $$.


I have had clients who approach me to do this. Money is good but to work at such ungodly hour is not attractive plus the student doesn't learn anything so no point.

FYI, this practice has been ongoing for years. Some clients will even ask them to do their university assignments and each assignment is paid by the thousands.

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Re: Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby ChiefKiasu » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:43 am

There is something fundamentally wrong with the concept of education when things like these happen. No, this is not limited to Singapore. Just look at all those advertising their "essay writing" services.

Who is more at fault? The system? Parents? Kids? or the service providers?

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Re: Tutors tackling kids' homework for $250 an hour

Postby ammonite » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:47 am

Parents. Cos they are controlling the purse strings, ie they are ultimately the one creating the demand.

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