The Straits Times
Published on Sep 02, 2012

Would you have your child play or cram before P1?

It's so hard to persuade parents to drop pre-school tuition


For someone who professes not to be kiasu, I confess I checked out Berries for my six-year-old son Jason earlier this year after a parent recommended it.

In the world of children about to enter primary school, Berries is a Chinese-language enrichment school that promises to help children get a headstart on learning their mother tongue.

I found a year-long waiting list for the centre's Primary 1 preparatory programme. Too late for Jason, so he won't be going there.

Unlike me, many parents who started planning a lot earlier have signed up their six-year-olds for various academic classes on top of kindergarten, all to prepare for Primary 1.