Parents view private tuition as a worthy investment for primary school students, as they recognize the importance of academic excellence, which is required to gain acceptance into top education institutions.
Private tutoring is considered a daily routine for majority of the students in Singapore, as studies have shown that 67% of Singaporeans have had enrolled their children for private tuition.(Blackbox, 2012) As such, Singapore has become well known for their kids who are always spending most of their time studying. Parents willingly fork out a lot just to ensure that their children receive supplementary lessons apart from the education that are taught in schools. They reasoned out that it will not only allow the students to keep up and understand with what is being taught in school, but also outperform their peers and also doing well academically.
There are of course adverse effects not only to the students but to society as well. For instance, the students will grow to become independent on others as they are constantly being spoon fed with answers to solve their problems. Tutors are readily available for them to go to and clarify whenever they are in doubt. Students will become over dependent as they are assured that everything is provided for. As such, they have a hard time fitting into the society as well as getting themselves hired.
Employers have rejected many candidates who are more than qualified academically but are lacking soft skills (Saint Louis Community College, 2013). They noticed that such candidates lack the ability to communicate and think creatively in order to solve the problems that are existent in their line of work. Interviewees are unable to portray interpersonal skills and do not apply what has been taught to them in school
Due to the high demand of private tuition as well as parents who are willing to splurge on it, tutors have set exorbitant prices for tuition fees. It is a norm for parents to pay at least $500 monthly for the student’s tuition fees (Blackbox, 2013). Indirectly, those who are coming from low-household income earning families are unable to keep up with the expensive fees. A college student has even resorted to selling her used undergarments online in order to keep up with the costly tuition fees.