No tuition? No way, say some Singaporeans
Extra coaching helps pull up grades, say parents and students
Tuition is needed to maintain a competitive edge in school, said parents and students, in response to Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah who had said tuition is "not necessary".
Addressing the issue in Parliament, Ms Indranee said on Monday that tuition for well-performing children is counter-productive. Also, she said that weaker students can go for remedial and supplementary classes in schools and community schemes to level up.
But parents and students that The Straits Times spoke to felt differently.
They said tuition has an integral role in a system that places emphasis on academic excellence.
READERS' COMMENTS ON THE STRAITS TIMES' FACEBOOK PAGE
"I agree high-achieving kids do not need tuition but not the weaker/slower kids, who need tutors to help them to catch up with the whole cohort and prevent them continuously falling behind."
- Christina Lau
"The large class sizes mean that teachers cannot tailor their lessons to the students adequately... I needed tuition to understand a great deal of maths, and that I had to assist my friends with English..."
- Nafeesa Docura